How Journalism Has Evolved Over the Past 10 Years
Before Facebook was founded in 2004 and Twitter in 2006, Journalism was different. Back in the day, even before online journalism, getting the news meant either staying up late or getting up early and watching the news, or getting it from the newspaper every morning.
Now, its different. Much different.
You can find out about breaking news yourself, and even interact on a daily basis with public figures, celebrities, athletes and journalists via Facebook and Twitter.
When I first heard about Twitter a couple of years ago, I thought our world was really going to shit.
My friends were on there updating their statuses saying they were simply eating a sandwich or buying new shoes, or would post pictures of what they ate for breakfast every day and I wanted to just yell at them and say “NO ONE CARES!”
But now I realize that simple people like that think they are being viewed by the world, when in fact it’s the important people like presidents, governors, billionaires, our heroes that we want to know about.
I think it is both great and a bad thing, in many different ways.
Twitter can be a means of celebrities reaching out to their fans and interacting with them. It can also be used for poor, stupid things like this post from Lil Jon in 2011.
“WAS RUSHING HOME TO TAKE A DUMP AND GOT CAUGHT BEHIND A SCHOOL BUS DROPPIN KIDS OFF!! LONGEST 30MINS OF MY LIFFFEEEE!!”
It can be used for other purposes, like David Price, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays regularly announces on his Twitter account when he’s playing FIFA 2012 for Xbox 360, and challenges people to games of 1 v. 1, which I feel is a pretty cool thing to do in your free time.
Another great thing, is you can read what is happening at an event without actually being there, via Twitter.
If you follow a reporter whose at a presidential campaign, you can go to their Twitter and get live updates about what’s going on, or at a sporting event, what’s happening in the game if you don’t have access to a television.
It does hurt because I feel we overemphasize on some of the things, like celebrity tweets.
No one should care that Paris Hilton just bought a new pair of shoes or Lindsay Lohan just had waffles for breakfast, but seemingly, there are always those crazy people out there who for some reason have interest in it and that’s what makes the world sick in my opinion.
People can become viral celebrities overnight just by showing off the “goods” or doing something slutty that makes them noticed.
But then again, it’s an interesting place to find out neat facts.
Following Tony Paul, a national baseball writer for The Detroit News, I found out Jim Joyce is umpiring 1st base tonight for the Detroit Tigers, the man who robbed Armando Galaragga of his perfect game back in 2010.
Even Lynn Henning, who is a sports reporter for The Detroit News gives people updates during Spring Training, when we up in Michigan cannot see what’s happening in the everyday world of baseball down in Lakeland, because there’s not much coverage of the preseason beyond a couple of games behind shown on television.
We can find out whose emerging as a breakthrough player this season, whose having a poor preseason or whose likely not to make the team this season and it’s exciting.
We can also find out about things across the world a lot quicker nowadays, too.
The news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed was leaked via Twitter when Sohaib Athat saw and tweeted “Helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1 AM (is a rare event)” but what he was really talking about is how our troops were going in to kill Bin Laden without him even realizing him.
Also when Fabrice Muamba, the soccer player shown below, collapsed on the pitch from cardiac arrest a couple months ago, his status was quickly put up on social networks for fans and friends alike to learn of his condition. While some might call it a bit too much information to be leaked to the public, it frankly doesn’t matter as regardless of his moral or immoral it is, the public still wants to know what is going on in the world with things, and social networking does a fantastic job of helping us.
“Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba”
So in this new age of everything being quicker, bigger and faster, we can all rely on the new age of journalism for our up to date facts about what’s going on in the world.
I can’t really think of how we’d improve or change on how news can travel in a later date, since Twitter seems to be the perfect route for breaking news.