Digital journalism or online journalism, is a contemporary form of journalism. Where, here the content is distributed online via the internet, rather than publishing via print or broadcast; i.e, newspapers, magazines, and other forms of informative hardcopies.
The primary product of journalism, which is news and features on current affairs, is presented solely on combination as text, audio, video or some other interactive forms. Fewer barriers to entry lowered distribution costs, and diverse computer networking technologies have led to widespread practice of digital journalism.
It has democratised the flow of information that was previously controlled by traditional media including newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The digital aspect maybe central to the journalistic message and remains to some extent, within the creative content of the writer, editor, or publisher.
In a world we live in today, with the ever fast growing technology, the way we are informed has changed dramatically in a huge scale. This in a way has impacted the way we see the world, and how we see it. It is quite okay to say i think that we for sure the most informed generation, every thing is just a click away in our most relied on devices.
Following are a few ways how this form of reporting has an impact on the people :-
- Digital Journalism allows for connection and discussions at levels that print media cannot offer on its own. People have the liberty to comment on articles, and start discussions. It also should be noted that these discussions can be far more interesting, and exciting; and we all know that the lion in us is braver behind a screen. Before the internet, these spontaneous discussions were near impossible. People meet like minded individuals, and bring forth their interests on similar topics. Hence, its far more participative and informative to all, when those who are not a part of these discussions.
- Digital Journalism creates an opportunity for niche audience, allowing people to have more options as to what to view and what to read. People with similar minds are bought together and discuss views.
- Digital Journalism opens up a new way of story telling; through the technical components of the new medium, it can provide a variety of new media, such as audio, video and digital photography.
- It provides a revolution of how news is consumed by society. Online sources are able to provide quick, efficient, and accurate reporting of breaking news in a matter of seconds. We are updated on any breaking news in a very short span of time, and this information gets updated as soon as they collect more information. Hence, it gives us more accuracy. Unlike the traditional sources of media, any matter of import would be published one or two days later.
- New consumes have become more web literate, and use critical thinking to evaluate the credibility of the sources. As now it is possible for anyone to publish anything as they please online, with not always the best of the intentions concerned. Hence, people while reading have become more cautious as what to believe and what not to.
- Also, there are some who do not really seem affected by this medium of information. For instance, there are some who are used the traditional methods and cannot always catch up quickly with the new technologies of the 21st century. Even though the goals are the same, there are different tools that are needed to function. And the major drawback being the credibility of these online sources.CONCLUSION
Traditional media has lost a lot of ground to their online counterparts, as people are able to find the news they want, when they want, without having to face any such dire circumstance as leaving the comforts of home. Immediacy has always been a fundamental element in Online journalism. It allows a story depth, and accuracy, and most importantly is fast.
Sharon Sarah Thawaney
St.Xaviers College, Kolkata
Intern at Cyber Peace Foundation