Publishing 2.0

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.


One thought on “Publishing 2.0

  1. alyssabrady February 21, 2015 / 2:36 am

    I completely agree with you and Marc Andreesen. This is the rebirth of journalism, not the death. Even though print publications are becoming extinct, we now have all new platforms to report on. We are in the making of history right now; we just don’t know it yet.
    Your father sounds a lot like my grandparents. Every morning, they sit at the kitchen table with their breakfast and coffee, reading the newspaper. I told them they are now the only people I know that still read the newspaper.
    I have never heard of the website Beacon but it sounds extremely interesting and I am definitely going to check it out. This is definitely a new era of journalism, due to new technological advancements and social media. The new snapchat feature “Discover,” allows journalists to report in a whole new way.
    Social media has introduced journalists to a new platform to report on. Now, they can send out tweets of headlines and breaking news to their followers. Things may be completely different for the journalism and news industry but this absolutely not the end, this is a new beginning.


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