Discuss about the Journalism for Developments and Debates.
Reason for Wanting to Study Journalism
Since a long time, I have been cherishing the dream of studying journalism. In today’s world, journalism is a dynamic profession. It is not because I will be able to travel various places while collecting news, but because it will allow me to understand the world and the humans. I always had a knack for collecting news and writing it down. However, I want to study the subject to learn professional skills, and theories and practices of journalism from past to the present.
As a subject journalism covers a lot of areas. Starting from politics, art and literature, cinema, television, to international relationship, business, science, economics; journalistic writing is applied in all these sectors. After completion of my course, I will be able to choose the area I wish to write about and then explore it with my own capability.
Journalism, as a profession, is gaining not only popularity but validity with time. People are hungry for news. They want to know in detail what is happening around the world. They want to know all interesting news. It is the responsibility of the journalists to aware them about every situation. Journalists are bound to find all interesting news and cater them to the public. Even in some cases, their presentation makes the story interesting. I am willing to know how they work and what they focus on. It s also seen how journalism as a profession have undergone changes with the advent of digitization. Now we avail news from internet. Various social media websites are working as a communication platform for the journalists. After doing my course, I will be able to explore my profession with the help of technology.
Understanding of Changes in Contemporary Media and the Impact on Journalism
In an age of globalization, media has undergone a complete change. Starting from the communication platform to the type of news catered to the public, journalism as profession has become a more dynamic one. Newspaper, radio and television were the main communication media. However, with the technological explosion and development of internet, media has started using these platforms as well. Nielsen et al (2013) opined, Digitization has made the communication easy.
It is a fact that we want to get the news as fast as possible. According to Neumayer (2013), in earlier days, newspaper was the only medium. One had to wait for the next day to get the news of the previous day. Then television and radio came. It made the availability of news faster than newspaper. However, these media platforms started become old when internet established itself as the fastest of all. As discussed by Franklin (2012), now, people don’t have to wait at all. Every incident of every single moment is catered to people through internet. Such changes have made journalism more challenging than before. With the explosion of news, now we don’t want to wait. Even, people do not waste their energy much on same news story because of the availability of bunch of news stories within a short period. Therefore, news stories are having less longevity. Neveu (2016) discussed, it is estimated that between 2007 and 2015, CNN has edited their news packages into half of their original length. It is the challenge of the journalists to make every news story interesting. Otherwise, it will not sustain. Sometimes, it has resulting into yellow journalism which is not acceptable. Kammer (2013) explained that as a negative impact, the journalists serve invalid and not so valuable news stories in some cases to retain public interest. Sometimes, it crosses the limits of libel. However, journalism is not a profession where the journalists can write anything that happens. It is about making the authentic and accurate story and serving it to those who need them.
To talk about positive impact of journalism, it is needless to say that it has given birth to personal blogs and websites in large numbers. The aspiring writers are enjoying the freedom of speech. According to Picard (2014), the bloggers do not belong to any specific media banner. Therefore, they are able to exercise their own point of view through blog writing. They are true to their own emotional outcomes and do not depend on any media house. Surely, the profession is earning them both money and job satisfaction. The readers are also exercising their choices. They are given thousands of stories from which they select the ones they prefer to read. Surely the change has made journalism a challenging profession.
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