Journalism has changed. There’s no doubt about that. Many people consider this Digital Era to be the death of Journalism, as we know it. But I think Marc Andreesen said it best, “Maybe we are entering into a new golden age of journalism, and we just haven’t recognized it yet.”
We are used to publications being on print and my step dad is one of the millions of Americans who are still extremely loyal to having a physical newspaper delivered. He doesn’t like a dose of technology with his breakfast. But, journalism is changing and many people consider Social Media the kiss of death for investigative journalism. If society dictates what they want to read how is the media going to report on stories that the public aren’t aware of? But technology is changing everyday things, and journalism is not excluded.
I’m sure nowadays we are all familiar with Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a website that helps people campaign for creative projects. They pitch an idea online and people fund it. Sometimes there are incentives, but sometimes it’s just out of generosity, or the fact that people want to help others achieve their dreams. Well, there is now a service like this for investigative journalism and it is called Beacon. This website allows you to fund writers, and you get access to the stories you helped fund. I think we are starting to see a new era of journalism and I’m looking forward to it.