The World Online

Even before there was blogging, the question who would be considered a journalist was a tricky one. Is Oprah Winfrey a journalist? Tyra Banks? Mark Twain?

But today it makes it just that much harder to answer that question.

A limitless number of people with no institutional backing can actually set up and call themselves reporters, commentators or analysts. These “journalists” can abide by their own set of rules, reach out to a particular audience, and more times than not earn a living.

These days, freedom of the press is not just something talked about, it is available to use by an unlimited number of people.

Thank you Internet!

“Institutionalized journalists argue that bloggers don’t do conventional reporting, aren’t accurate, aren’t responsible, or aren’t paid- hence they are not genuine reporters,” stated by Jacob Weisberg in Who is a Journalist?

The Senate committee bill uses a broad definition: “Journalism is defined as the regular gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting or publishing of news or information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public,” to my understanding that mean that any news organization would qualify along with anybody who has a computer that decides to write, edit, and publish their work online.

So upon graduating, who is that I am competing with to get a job? The general public? or the qualified journalists?

But then again, times is always going to be changing. New and faster technology will always be thought of, the trick is being able to keep up with the pace.

For example, in the 1920s and the 1930s newspapers were in a frenzy as the start of the radio was beginning to steal their thunder. Like the internet, the radio was harming newspapers. Instead of waiting 24 hours to read what happened in the newspaper, the radio allowed listeners to hear what happened as it was happening.

America’s press-radio war of the 1930s.

The JSchool is wasting no time in educating their students about the World Wide Web.

Stony Brook offers: JRN 320: The Promise and Perils of Online Journalism

JRN 380: Advanced Editing and Presentation/ Web

JRN 381: Advanced Digital Storytelling and Graphics

JRN 382: Desktop Publishing

All these courses are design to emphasize the rapidly changing world of journalism. The Journalism school prepares each sutdent with the abilty to work across multiple media platforms.

So I guess in reality it is safe to come to the conclusion that no matter how the news is delivered, the news still relies on its citizens.


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