10 Ways Journalism has Changed.

I was looking through articles about what journalists are saying is changing in trends in journalism and I stumbled upon a blog entry from a London writer Paul Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is a writer for the UK Press Gazette and had written an 800-word article on the ways journalism has changed in the last 10 years.  He posted his uncut version on his blog a few weeks later.

I liked his article because it touched on a lot of the things we have been talking about in my Web Publishing class at SUNY Albany.

These are the 10 ways Bradshaw claims journalism has changed in the last decade.  He attributes all of these changes to the move from predominately print distribution to online journalism:

  1. Switch from lecture to a conversation.  He thinks this is the biggest and most important change.  Interaction between the media and the citizen is becoming more important in the age of the web.
  2. The rise of the amateur.  With millions of unprofessional writers blogging everyday it is no surprise that the amateur journalist is changing the face of journalism.  Stories are being broken and discussed in forums outside the traditional writers realm.
  3. Everyone is a distributer.  Distribution is key for online journalism.
  4. Search ability of the internet.  Bradshaw talks about how this “just a click away” trend provides both opportunities (the ability to link to near limitless sources) and challenges (keeping people on your sight) for journalists.
  5. The rise of the RSS.  This is a tool Bradshaw and myself feel is very handy for today’s journalists.  Tools like Google Reader allow you to read the latest feeds from your subscribed RSS feeds, giving you a lot of key information in a manageable way.
  6. Bradshaw puts mapping at number six.  Mapping, or the writers ability to visually show a geographical map of some trend they are talking about in their story.
  7. Movement to either hyperlocal or international focus.  The web makes it easy for niche groups to publish on any range of topics, from dog lovers blogs to the Drudge Report.  The web holds the keys to unthinkable possibilities.
  8. Databases.  This one is almost too obvious.  The web is essentially a huge database.  Bradshaw however feels it is underutilized and holds untapped potential in journalism.
  9. The web being able to allow journalists to measure what is being read and who is commenting has changed how journalists are writing.
  10. Last but not least Bradshaw sees the multimedia capabilities of the web as a key part in the reconstruction of how stories are being told.  The web fully utilizes all aspects of story telling (print, pictures, sound, video).

As the internet changes how people are getting their news we will continue to change how we write it.

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