“Ladies and gentlemen,
This is your cabin crew speaking. We would like to inform you that due to the unpredictable weather, you are advise to always flatten you for the safety purposes whenever you seated. Besides, we would like announce the discussion next is-the future of journalism.”
Do you feel afraid without the greeting of the sunlight?
When I found out the topic going to cover next- THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM, I feel “opsss…. again”. As a media student the term ‘journalism’ is always appear in our course and this is not a new topic of discussion. According to my previous discussion, many people would agree that the future journalism will moving towards the new media, where the old media going to take over by them. Hence, it make me feel that’s no future for the traditional journalism. So, why I still study journalism subject since everyone can be the journalists and same things is discuss over and over again (citizen journalist describe an individual who does not relate to any mainstream but they do the job like a traditional journalist online)?
However, until I read the following below:
“From a conceptual level, we might be inclined to argue that a combination of user-generated content and mass media communication offers the best of both worlds” by Quandt (2011)
And, actually the old and new journalism can be coexist. Quandt (2011) urged that the future of journalism would be the combination of both physically and virtually, which both traditional media and new media can be work together. It is very hard to determine whether it can be balance. But the combination will definitely gives many opportunities of the journalism industry.
However, why will need physically and virtually platform?
Sandra (n.d) urged that social networking has provide a little freedom of expression towards political view. I do agree with Sandra (n.d), look back how the way traditional media and new media reporting style about the incident Bersih 2.0. People prefer to obtain information from new media instead of the mainstream. Why?
You can say new media exist to ‘satisfy the need’ of the audience (Gen X and Gen Y) and old media is a “must” for a particular group of audience (especially the Baby Boomer) that prefer traditional media. We could not deny new media provides more advantages such as timeliness, in-depth information, instant feedback, flexibility and accessibility. Unfortunately, compare to old media, new media is less creditable. For example, somebody posted in a blog saying that a particular celebrity is dead. An individual may suspect whether the news is real until he/she found the mainstream also published about that. Also, the quality of writing is not as professional as the trained journalists. Citizen journalism is not professionally trained and no everybody can write. For example, certain word or sentences they implemented might raise problem to themselves or the others, especially when they are reporting on political issues such as Raja Petra case.
Hence, for the future journalism in Malaysia or even the globe, new media will be the most channel people access, however, traditional media will not be overtaken by new media.
Quandt, T 2011, ‘Understanding a new phenomenon: the significance of participatory journalism’, in JB Singer, A Hermida, D Domingo, A Heinonen, S Paulussen, T Quandt, Z Reich & M Vujnovic (eds.), Participatory Journalism in Online Newspapers: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex, pp155-176, accessed 15/4/13, University of Wollongong E-Learning.
Kabilan, K 2009, ‘New media, citizen’s journalism and democracy’, Media Asia, Vol 36, No. 3, p156-158, accessed 15/4/13, University of Wollongong E-Learning.
Sandra, S n.d, ‘Blogging in Malaysia: Hope for a new democratic technology?’, University of Western Ontario, Canada, accessed 15/4/2013, University of Wollongong E-Learning.