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Is Journalism Obsolete?

Journalism, as we know it today, is dying. However, it is not dead. Journalism has changed in ways that couldn’t have even been imagined 30 years ago. The internet is causing everything to evolve and journalism is no exception. Social media has become the fastest way to spread news stories throughout the world, whether they are fact or fiction. The thing people need to figure out is how to discern what information is factual rather than believing in complete nonsense, but with the amount of information swirling about the web, the process is difficult. As Dave Winer said in the article “Is journalism as we know it becoming obsolete?“, anyone can be a journalist now. That just opens up the world to a whole new source of information though. People can be more direct with the information being gathered from the original source rather than having to trust professional journalists and other second hand sources. All they have to do is look. Any average person can gather information that is the same or of similar quality to that of a professional journalist. This gives them the ability to see the sources and determine for themselves what the news is. In short, professional journalism is coming to an end but journalism itself isn’t going to die any time soon.

1 Comment

  1. You were doing fine, I think, until this: “Any average person can gather information that is the same or of similar quality to that of a professional journalist.” I have to disagree with that. I hope you will agree with me at at the end of the semester.

    You have a nice way with words, Zach, but mind your sentence structure.

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