Today I will be discuss how social media, for example, Twitter has affected journalism. Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn’s article focuses mainly on politics and how the Internet greatly influenced the votes of election of when Steve Forbes was the first to announce his presidential candidacy on the Internet. They go on to further state how the Internet has influenced politics (Jenkins & Thorburn, 2003). In today’s day in age, I feel most voters get their information by the Web. Not only that, but Twitter has become a major source of up-to-date news that followers can easily search the ‘hashtag’ to found relating tweets to that topic. Twitter has become branded as real-time news and information network, which has flourished since the creation in 2006 (Hermida, 2012). This news and information hub of message are tracked, recognized and grouped depending their content. For years, Twitter has been a place easily accessible for citizen journalism, which in turn affects the journalism industry. Driven by this focus is technology in which supports Twitter, for example, smart phones, iPhones, iPads, etc. where the web site can be at the touch of someone’s fingertips 24-7. Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield point to the fact that tradition forms of media coverage such as publishing newspapers has decreased interest by the readers and turned to Twitter and as a source of news (Bruns & Highfield, 2012). Personally, I rarely read the physical newspaper or watched the TV for news I instead watch Youtube videos that covers the news but it is done in a fun and interesting way. I do hope that printed newspaper never go away, and only be availably online for, I think, even less people would read them. Also, the newspaper is a great tool to educate yourself by reading, it helps grammar and spelling of anyone.
Twitter and other social media have most definitely affected journalism majorly negative with some positive. Unfortunately, if or when the print papers would influence the journalism industry by taking away money from writers, but also without the paper would affect grammar and spelling for Twitter. Twitter is limited to 140 characters per post, which forces users to shorten words and use poor grammar. However, Twitter is a great source to find short information of topic of interest and is easily accessible.
Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn. Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy. in Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn eds. (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. p1-17.
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.
Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.
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