Technology and Journalism

Just because print publications are on the decline, this does not mean that journalism is a dying art. Journalists simply have to move to an online medium. Technology is actually a journalist’s friend.

Thanks to technology such as smart phones and laptops, journalists can write on the go. If a journalist unexpectedly stumbles upon a news story, they can immediately begin recording the scene or taking notes on their phone.

Journalistic students today learn how to use blogging, photography, and audio and video skills to engage their audiences and spread the news. No matter what new technology journalists use, they still follow the old standards of searching for truths, focusing on accuracy, and using great writing (Lipschultz).

Online journalism follows these same standards, but also allows greater “audience control” and access, by using media tools such as links to guide viewers to news sources (Foust). With online journalism where people spread news on personal blogs and social media sites, “Journalists, who have long cultivated a professional distance from their readers and sources, find themselves integrated into a network in which the distances have collapse” (Singer et al.). Journalism has become more interactive thanks to technology.

Technology is useful in the newspaper’s publication office, as well. “We use technology every single day. There would not be a newspaper without it,” said journalist Olivia Goudy. Journalists check emails for sources, research on the internet, type articles, and upload the finished document to the server to view it online.

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Singer, James B., et al. Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell,
          2011), 7.