Social Media and Journalism

In this day and age, Social Media and Journalism seem to be tied together as if fate had it so. But it was not always the case; up until recently, where the internet has given many people ample opportunity to become their own style/way of Journalism, and the result has affected the internet greatly.

In fact, so much so, that Social Media has begun to take precedence over usual news sources and mediums for reaching out to audiences. Here are a few tweets that exemplify this.

Here, Paul Krugman utilizes a popular platform called Twitch to appeal to younger audiences.

In this tweet, there was an article about the absence of reliable Journalism, with Jordanians opting to use social media to find the ‘truth.’

The amount of creativity that allows individuals to create their own avenues of Journalism is astounding, and certainly wasn’t the case years ago. With the advent rise of communication growing more and more instantaneous by the day, people are being connected in ways that people would have thought impossible years ago.

It has even gotten to the point where social media is being used to bypass laws about censorship, resulting in many patriots fighting for freedom of speech in areas that does not respect it!

Players use a video game called Minecraft to sneak news into a country where freedom of speech is limited.

Yeah. You know it’s bad for certain countries when you have to sneak real news through a video game.

But that just further proves the point of how ‘evolved’ Journalism is now- everyone can be a hero or be one, and while that statement alone faces criticism, nothing is stopping individuals from donning an anonymous alias and heading to the internet to spread information around.

Still not convinced? Check out this YouTube video from 2014.

All pleasantries aside, it hasn’t necessarily been smooth sailing for free-form journalists out there- for every good piece of information, there is sure to be at least two to three articles out there with no credibility or too much bias.

It’s up to students to educate themselves to be the next big future for Social Media and Journalism, and to try to right the wrongs that the internet is starting to create.

A good place to start would be Clickhole, which is a free site available to users of the internet that brings non-biased and up to date news.

May the future of Social Media and Journalism be ever brighter!

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