Internet Creating Fear for New Journalism Students

Keiden Cheung and Riley Jones are part of UOWTV to try to gain an advantage over other journalism graduates.
Keiden Cheung and Riley Jones are part of UOWTV to try to gain an advantage over other journalism graduates.

Since the introduction of the internet and the changes it has made to journalism and media, there has been discussions surrounding the difference in traditional journalism and “citizen journalism”, with many professionals in the field criticizing any form of journalism that does not fit in with the legacy media fields of print, radio and television. For new journalism students, the criticism that their particular field of interest is not a viable career choice can be worrying.

“I definitely feel a bit safer going into sports journalism than if I was going into another area.” said Ryan Geer, 22, who is hoping to follow a career into sports broadcasting and reporting. Sports journalism falls into the category of traditional journalism, and with Australia’s intense sporting culture, there will always be a need for this branch of reporting. (more…)

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“Any Shmuck With an iPhone is a Journalist Nowadays”

Journalism is a constantly changing field. The legacy media outlets – newspapers, television and radio – are no longer where the majority of people get their news in the UK, AmericaAustralia and elsewhere. Print media has adapted to this news evolution by creating online versions of their publications. There is another major issue facing online journalism. Citizen journalism, which is regular, every day people reporting news and journalistic stories, primarily online.

The problem being, in the eyes of major news corporations, that many of these citizen journalists have no real journalistic training or degrees, and therefore their news is not “real journalism” because it is amateur and less professional. (more…)

Do You Have the Authority to be Saying That?

Journalism as we know it has changed dramatically and permanently. We no longer get all of our information from the legacy media outlets like newspapers or television and can access news from the Internet. There is a problem with this, though, and that problem lies in the fact that because information is now available to anyone, from anywhere, anyone from anywhere can create this news and content. People without the “authority” to report the news are doing just that.

This opens up worlds of issues, and it always comes back to the idea that the every day person – the average Joe – might be able to upload “news” to the internet, but that this is not real journalism because it wasn’t done by someone with the authority to do it, and that makes it amateur and less professional. (more…)