News in a New Era

A daily ritual for most of my formative years was watching the nightly news with my mother. Deborah Crumble was, and still is, a news junkie. On a regular day, from the time she wakes up at 5am until she starts to doze at around 10pm, my mother has ingested at least seven or eight different news related shows. Good Morning America, Inside Edition, The View, WGN Nine o’clock news, Nightline, Face the Nation, 60 Minutes, before I ever cared about what was going on in the world I was familiar with these and many other news programs.

The field of news reporting has undergone a transformation since  the advent of the internet, and is still evolving. So many different variable are now available for relaying the daily happenings, and no longer are the “professionals” the only ones relied on to give credible information. The internet has allowed the everyday citizen access to the public through traditional news reporting outlets, and in spite of them. In an interview for CNN Tina Brown of the news site The Daily Beast exclaims that in order for todays journalist to stay relevant they must be able to tell the story, content is always going to be needed(2012).

Most of the local news gathering followed the same rituals and practices that dictated much of the content of a broadcasts across the country. Much of the time I would flip between two, five, and seven, and see the same show. News reporting outlets now embrace the value of user generated content to not only give a different perspective, but also to attract new viewers to conventional broadcast. In “Modeling the Adoption and Use of Citizen Journalism  by Online Newspapers” Seungahn Nah,  Masahiro Yamamoto, Deborah Chung, and Robert Zuercher, research the interaction between citizen journalist and professionals(2015). The researchers discovered that user generated content is more likely to be utilized by professionals with experience in online journalism, and the size of online staff was a factor.

In “The American journalist in the digital age; key finding”, Lars Willnat and David H. Weaver dissect over forty years of trends in journalism. Researchers found that todays journalists don’t consider broadcasting to large audiences and spreading information quickly as important as investigating government and dissecting complex issues(2014). Tina Brown also explains in an interview with Christina Amanpour that there is a desire by young journalist to continue the tradition of investigative journalism as well as a variety of opportunities in the utilizing the medium (2012).

Zuercher, R., Yamamoto,M., Nah,S., Chung,D.(2015). Modeling the adoption and use of citizen journalism  by online newspapers. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 92(2) 399 –420.

Willnat, L., Weaver,D.(2014).The American journalist in the digital age; key findings. School of Journalism, Indiana University. The American Journalist in the Digital Age

(Newspoliticsinfo).(2012,July,6).The evolution of journalism. Retrieved from The Evolution of Journalism /YouTube

(Nespoliticsinfo).(2012,July,6).Journalism in the 21st century. Retrieved from Journalism in the 21st Century


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