The death of journalism is a statement that many people are using to describe the fading of print journalism from our society. Throughout both pieces each of the authors make points to both verify and take away from the argument that journalism is “dying.” Certainly in the last decade since the emergence of the internet it has been tough for newspapers and other facets of print media to break stories before someone that is blogging from a laptop that is wirelessly connected or someone who is tweeting from a cell phone. No longer do we see Edwin Lahey’s story about the murder of Richard Loeb from inside a prison before we see it on the internet.
The thought that journalism is dying is not appropriate to say but the term I believe that should be used is evolving. At this point there are still newspapers going out daily, while circulation may not be what it was in 1924 the papers are still standing. They are important because of the point that Catherine Ford makes in her piece from The StarPhoenix that print news can be if stored properly saved forever, unlike digital pieces where as hard as you try to save them over long periods of time they may still be lost forever. The only problem the emergence of online journalism presents is who is a journalist and what is credible, as we spoke about in class last Thursday. There are parody accounts of almost anyone who is in mainstream media on twitter, and people are constantly posting false news all over the internet. This though can be overcome and I believe that the internet’s role in journalism is a great thing. Live scoring updates, tweets about injuries and real time news all at the click of a button. The future is certainly going to be interesting for the quickly evolving world of journalism.