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Journalism Now Vs. Journalism Then

Digital Journalism has evolved very quickly because of social media. It is quick, fast, instantaneous, all because that is what social media is. The way news is consumed has forever changed because of social media but it has also forever changed the way news has been created.

Many people can say that social media is how they stay up to date with their friends and family that they are unable to see every day. They could be major life events such as weddings, passing of family members, expecting news for babies, and etc. Above are some examples of news that was created and then shared and then passed on to millions of people. That is how that user decided to spread their news. News is shared every day from all different accounts, but the ones above are the ones that are from accounts with millions of people. We also get news from celebrity’s about who is expecting or whatever else might be happening in their lives. We can also see certain news about how well a movie is doing if you are hesitant on seeing it. Disney shared on Twitter that Lion King was named #1 Movie for the second week in a row.

Social media is also a great way to share local news wherever you are. Kiro 7 News station shared a local, heartwarming video of a young student graduating. Linked below to see more.

Social media is used now to share news about certain products. A major trend right now is Fortnite and the game comes with many bugs and fixes that need to be done constantly. Fortnite uses Twitter to inform their users on what is happening when the game is down, when it will be up, and what they are doing to fix it.

Back then, there was no competition for “clicks” because clicks never existed. A “click” is essentially when someone clicks on the link shared or their article and was interested in looking at it. News was shared through newspapers which we have seen a decline in sales for newspapers over the last few decades. People have access to get their news online or through social media and has created a more detailed way to track how big their audience is. An article I found online from the Santa Clara University gives great insight on the differences from journalism then to journalism now and whenever given the chance, it is quite a great read. I found it interesting because not only does it apply for journalists, but it applies to everyone that uses social media.

Journalists are not publishing only about politics but they are covering topics that include sports, lifestyle, news, music, business, technology, and etc. Journalists today rely on social media to reach their audience and to also withhold their reputation as a journalist. For example, if one journalist is live on Twitter and has a great following base, that following base is only going to continue to grow because of their presence on social media. This is going to encourage them to continue to write and continue the journaling path that they are taking because it is obvious that the audience of that specific journalist is well liked. This journalist can now share their writings or posts on their social media and expect a positive response in return for the majority of the time. Below is an example of sharing and covering sports news for the Seattle Mariners.

One last major change that we have seen over the last few decades for journalists is how they are paid and where they work. Back then, it was common for all journalists to work for a certain magazine or newspaper posting because that was how their postings would be shared. Today, a lot of journalists are encouraged to work independently and get paid through other resources such as PayPal and not through a newspaper post such as Seattle Times. This is similar to how bloggers get paid, they work independently and get paid from various companies rather than just one.

In conclusion, it is clear to see that social media has not only helped journalists but it has changed the journaling process drastically in a short period of time. The way the job gets done is different and some would say that social media has benefited the journalism department by getting what they need out to the public rather quickly versus waiting a distinct amount of time while the paper goes through publishing. Social media also helps track their audience more detailed and what posts are reaching their audience more over the other.

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