Does internet make journalism better or worse?

There has been a lot of discussion about wether the internet makes journalism better or worse. There isn’t a correct answer. Everbody has a different opinion. But what everybody agrees on, is that the internet accelerates journalism.

Some people like internet more than the written press, others like the written press more. I don’t have a preference. I like the internet but I also like the written press. It’s both good in their own way. The internet will not change journalism, only journalists can change journalism. The internet does accelerate journalism but the quality will remain the same. There is on the other hand a fear for incorrect news. Because everything goes faster on the internet, it will happen more often that news is incorrect, but with the internet one can change and correct articles in a very easy way.

How can online journalism survive?

Journalist Mathew Ingram thinks it’s hard for online journalism to survive these days. Without a wealthy benefactor it’s almost impossible to have enough fundings. A few of his tips are to find a rich benefactor or to ask for donations. I think Ingram is right.

Today the world of journalism is changing to a digital world. Printed newspapers don’t have the succes they once had anymore. But what nobody seems to think about is that it’s not easy to fund online journalism. How can you make a succesful newssite without the money you need for it? I think Ingram is right and that you have to let the world help you. Without a rich benefactor I don’t think it’s possible to keep a website going. Another option is to ask for donations. But it’s not very easy to convince people to donate money for a website. People are used to the free news. In the digital media adds are too cheap and they don’t bring enough money to sustain a website.

Another option is of course to let people pay for the articles you post on your newssite, but I think a lot of people won’t use your newssite anymore. They don’t want to pay for articles they probably don’t even read completely. I think paywalls have an opposite effect and that newssites will lose clients by making the site paying. There are of course the people who have a subscription to the printed newspaper, they won’t mind to pay for the site as well. But the people who don’t subscribe to one newspaper and are used to go from one newssite to another, won’t want to pay to read articles. So I think there aren’t any other options than the ones that Ingram suggests. The world of journalism, printed and online, becomes harder each day and we will have to find a way to fund our journalism or otherwise journalism will slowly disappear.Read the article by Mathew Ingram here.

6 Advantages Online Media Give to the Journalists

As a journalism student I have already had a few professional practices and I have chosen to develop my career mainly in the sphere of the online media. But what are my reasons? Here are some of the advantages which the online media give to the journalists.

1) The feedback is really important. The online media give the possibility for direct, very fast and various feedbacks. The readers of one article could be a good corrective and advisor. They show which are the most popular and loved topics, or the taboo ones, what more you need in your material, or what is needless. They can even give new ideas and topics to develop. This way of communication also shortens the distance between the author and the readers.

2) The unlimited space to develop the ideas and the topics. The online media give bigger possibility for creativity, better expression of thoughts and showing one’s different style without bothering for limitations.

3) The possibility to mix text, video and sound. Adding sound and video components to an article can make it richer and much more influential.

4) The possibility for fast editing. Being as correct as possible in the information which you offer to the audience is one of the most important things in the journalism. The online media allow you to correct your mistakes on time and to add more information to the article if you get new facts.

5) Adding hyperlinks to connected articles. It gives people who are not so familiar with a certain topic the chance to become better oriented in the respective subject and follow its development by reading some background materials etc.

6) It is not so hard to start and develop your own media. You do not need a big start-up capital and it is quite easy to popularise your media by the social networks. You just need a good strategy, fresh ideas and some courage.