Five myths about the future of journalism

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-future-of-journalism/2011/04/05/AF5UxiuC_story.html

The way this article was formatted seemed a little blog-like to me, but the author included many statistics, making the article more news-like. i really liked that the 5 myths were in bold, making them stand out and making it easy to get the information the article was presenting if you didn’t feel like reading the rest of the text. Sometimes I see an article with an interesting title, but get a little put of about how much text there is, and would probably move on without reading if there were no bold sentences. I thought he made some interesting facts: that loosing revenue was the issue, not loosing the audience and that newspaper use is actually going up in developing countries. I felt the kicker could have been a little more exciting than, “So far, no one has really cracked the code for producing profitable local news online.” It leaves me thinking…okay here are 5 myths about news (and that’s its not dying out, just changing) but there’s no solution to making money in news.

What do you think about the future of news and journalism? Are newspapers in developing countries enough, are ads online enough? What happens if there is no more profit in telling/writing/sharing news?

There seems to be this idea that online news will make profits from advertisements (which this article says it true, but it is not a very high revenue). Do you pay attention to ads while you are online and do they influence your life choices/spending habits?

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About jillmatthijs

Program in the Environment major, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology minor.

2 Responses to “Five myths about the future of journalism”

  1. This piece is an opinion piece, and I think being a little more blog-like is okay in this circumstance. The article was easy to read and formatted well, with tons of statistics, and I would agree with most of the things the author says. Reading this article 2015 (the article was written in 2011) I would say that the most telling prediction it made is that content will be diluted. Why favor content when you know your audience exactly? “More of that knowledge will reside with technology companies than with content producer” (referring to the audience). So with news increasingly optimized for your preferences by media such as Facebook, Twitter, and even your Google search bar, news has become much more opinionated and less objective. It is hard for the objective sources to make a living when people can optimize their news consumption for things they want to read, and agree with.

    Content has become diluted because of exponential growth of media online. Professional newsrooms are finding it hard to keep up with tech start-ups, opinion based websites, and millions of bloggers with access to immediate publication of their ideas. If objective journalism is to stay profitable for much longer, it will have to rethink the way it presents itself. I’m not exactly sure what that is, but mainstream publications are definitely in for an uphill battle.

  2. I agree that this piece was not a ‘traditionally’ written article. However, I think it’s an example of how news and print are changing with time. The article still got the information across as needed. Actually, in my opinion it was more impacting and easier to read with this type of formatting. Considering today’s world is becoming so fast paced, it’s often easier to have “bullet point” type stories to get the message across. I think this why pictures with captions and “top ten” type of posts and articles continue to get more and more type of attention. It gets the point across in the least amount of time. It’s sad that the art of creativity is disappearing in print… but if the news needs to keep up with the times, it needs to change. The facts and statistics in the article were interesting and believable. It will certainly be interesting to see how the way the world gets news may change over the next few years.

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