Internet for journalists

1:8:13 Internet: The good and the bad

On Tuesday we had a lively (by some standards) discussion about the advantages of the Internet from a journalism perspective. We’ll consider this list throughout the semester. In April, we’ll revisit and decide whether it needs revision.

Here’s what you said.

Advantages:

  • Immediacy
  • Search engine … we can seek and find
  • Information easier to distribute
  • RSS feeds
  • Can make us more credible (use hyperlinks)
  • Easier connection with potential sources
  • Interaction (comments, chats, polls)

 

Disadvantages

  • Anyone can be a journalist (citizen J)
  • Immediacy
  • Sloppy editing? Immediacy over accuracy
  • Journalist pay based on traffic or page views
  • More competition
  • Need to understand and have access
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