Reflecting on online journalism

Since the Web 2.0 offers us an unlimited platform to express our opinions, to make our views known and to get in touch with a lot of people across the globe, journalism is permanently converging. Lately, we have witnessed a significant growth in online journalism because it’s instant and therefore it’s better. However, it has lots of disadvantages as well. First, a journalist today must be able to multi-task rather than being a simple reporter as journalism is a very competitive field. Second, it makes you spend all your time in front of the computer and this is a huge danger for your health. This is what I don’t like about it: because it’s so instant you have no time to properly research your stories and because it’s online you have to sit on your desk and type into a computer all day long.

Notwithstanding, there are more advantages today. The module gave me a better insight into the blogosphere, as it was a totally new world for me. I started up my blog and tried to post something regularly. I am quite satisfied with its progress as I managed to get a lot of comments, views and even a couple of subscribers. Also, the blog is the perfect platform to gather all my journalism activities and a great opportunity to increase my writing skills. I do want to keep it and to develop it into a news and current affairs blog. In our multimedia classes we went through a lot of useful stuff and tricks for making your blog better and unique, so I am fully prepared to have a competent news blog.

Another significant achievement was to acknowledge the power of social networking sites, especially Twitter. I understood that Twitter is an utterly necessary tool for journalists. Instant reporting and great news source. You get the chance to follow big people from all around the world and to stay tuned with the latest news about them. Twitter has also discovered a lot of talented journalists that made their way into the industry via the 140 characters tweet.

Overall, I can see that journalism is heading towards one single direction that is online, because the pages hold a wealth of information that is now more easily accessible than ever before.