The highs and lows involving online journalism
Digital journalism is emerging right before our eyes and with the constant advancement of technology, the world of digital journalism has nothing but space to grow. If you would have ask about digital journalism over a decade ago no one would have thought it would be as powerful and it is today, and to a much bigger audience.
Not to be confused, digital journalism hold the same attributes and trait as journalism in general. Digital journalism hold the same ethic of fairness, relevance, and truth but is showcased in a bigger picture than yesterdays journalism.
Digital journalism is defined as a term to describe journalism originating from the Internet. Technological innovation, which previously allowed the mass distribution of news and information to large audiences, is now giving that power to individuals.
Digital journalism has several advantages than the journalism the many have been accustom to over the years. It has the ability to give its audience a choice to control what news they want to receive at any place and/or anytime.
Unlike the years of newspapers you would never have to worry about the amount of paper that are available you, or in television where you had to “catch” the news. With sites like CNN, New York Times, and The Washington Post available at your finger tips, news can reach its viewers, whenever the time is convenient for the viewer.
Online Journalism: Principles and Practices of News for the Web by James C. Foust
Along with every good there must be an obstacle that has to be faced. Although digital journalism has nearly taken over the world of print, the challenges lay in the industry’s economics. The access to digital journal does not bring in any revenue, and the advertising support has not been a major help in the industry so far.
With print and television, the individual pays for the news they recieve, rather its fifty cent for the daily paper or your monthly subscription to cable. Retrieving news online cost nothing at all, and this is where the industry struggles.
In Online Journalism: Principles and Practices of News for the Web, the writer, James C. Foust explains models of online funding that could possibly help digital journalism. Foust proposed different ideas to increase online funding.
He propsed selling advertising, as newspaper sell space the same can be done with the web. advertising it a major part in the financial stability of the digital journal. Also a subscription fee for news websites, as well as charging for smart phone application that features the news.
Following the advice and models could cause a turn around the the funding of online journalism. The same way individual paid for there news in the yesteryear’s will be the same way to bring money into the industry today.
Although digital journal is facing major industry highs and lows, it advantages with make it the most dominating force in journalism. In the fast pace world that we live, convenience is everything and that is one of digital journalism biggest advantages.
Deon Patterson is a journalism student at Eastern Michigan University. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org