The Impact of Internet on Journalism

March 25, 2010 at 15:48 (CAIR Class Entries)

The Internet is widely known for its accessibility to vast field of information for the public. It is also notoriously known for its inaccuracy and often ‘over-the-top’ rumours that fly around in cyberspace.

ImpactLab recalled a moment in time where the Net was believed to ‘democratize the media, offering many new voices, stories, and perspective’.

That belief did come true, but it was that and more. Everything is moved to cyberspace, and your audience is no longer local but global. Everyone can find everyone.

And this gives journalist a huge advantage when practicing journalism. Searching for sources on a story can be done at the click of a mouse, because while they are on the Internet, everything is there.

But democratising the media was one thing; doing so without any limitations is another reason why the Internet is known of its notoriety. This also affects the field of journalism greatly.

While there are measures being taken for unwanted activities like spamming and spreading fake information, it is still not enough to curb the problem of total freedom.

And thus, for now, all we can do is wait and see.

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