The Future of Journalism

By Megan Wanner

Megan Wanner, the author of this blog, is a young journalist.

Megan Wanner, the author of this blog, is a young journalist.

As spring semester quickly approaches, I am excited to have the experience of compiling my work into a blog for the viewing pleasure of many, as opposed to the small class blogs I have done in the past.  This blog will be filled with articles displaying my writing abilities in addition to multimedia such as images and videos to aid in the presentation of the articles I have written.

My interest in journalism began when I was a junior in high school working on our school yearbook.  I found the world of journalism fascinating as I was constantly learning more about technology in order to make our book even better than it already was.  Upon entering college, I realized how much media and technology were diverging to make the world of journalism a different place than it had been even a few years before, a world that is constantly improving upon itself.  I have learned to love the technology that is cooperating with the world of journalism, especially as I have had the opportunity to dapple in graphic design and video editing, aspects that make news come alive even more.

In the fast-paced world in which we live, technology is making the future of journalism even better especially as it has become easier for people to be more news savvy.  Instead of requiring the time to physically sit down and read a whole newspaper each morning, only for that news to be outdated, it is all at our fingertips to read or listen to whenever we have the time.  We can retrieve the news in the midst of living our busy lives, one story at a time if we want. 

Technology makes it easy to follow the developments of one story we might find particularly interesting with mobile and email alerts when any new details have been reported.  We are also given the capability to research articles written in the past on the same topics as the news we currently find interesting.  This convenience makes us crave the news even more as we know we have the means to retrieve it whenever we want. 

Not only is journalism about delivering the news, but it is about delivering it as fast as possible with as many creative features as can be brainstormed.  Features such as the “Word Train” as discussed in Emily Nussbaum’s New York Times article “The New Journalism: Goosing the Grey Lady,” are clear evidence of this.  The “Word Train” was used as a type of poll to gage the reactions of readers to the election of Barrack Obama as America’s next president.  It allowed readers to give one word describing how they felt about the election, color coded blue and red for representation of parties and typed in small and large fonts to show how strongly they felt.  These types of creative features are used not only to gain interest in the news being reported, but are also used to gain more notice for news establishments.  As the New York Times has recently faced a negative outlook on its future, it has started to understand that reliability and tradition are not the only important factors in a changing world of journalism.

Journalism is all about delivering news to the consumer as fast as possible, just as it has always been.  However, things are different now as news can be published with “the near disappearance of traditional constraints of time and space” of print as the Knight Foundation-funded “Journalism 2.0” by Mark Briggs says.  All news can be published regardless of deadlines or its significance because the internet does not have deadlines to print or limited space for only the most important news.  News can be published constantly, updated as stories flood in.
Advances in technology have continually made the world of journalism a better place.  These upgrades will only continue to give news the edges needed to tailor to the needs of a society eager to take everything journalism has to offer.

I am pleased to say that I will be able to partake in the beginnings of a future of journalism full of exciting technology and creative features, starting with something as simple as this blog.


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