Hello again fellow bloggers!
I’d like to say that this has been one stressful week for me, so my post is a little bit on the later side of when I usually post. I’ve been in and out of the hospital unfortunately.
I hope everyone’s weeks are going well! I also cannot believe that this is the last module for this class! It has been such an incredible journey. I feel like I have learned so much, not just about my own personal subject that I chose in the beginning of the course, but also about others topics as well such as Denise’s topic: eating disorders, Tenisha’s topic: wedding planning and Marissa’s topic: living in equality.
For this module the first thing I would like to say is that I am definitely a participant in citizen journalism! This blog is a great example of me doing exactly that! Not to mention Facebook as well. However, I have never really been a huge fan of Twitter. I am not sure if this is because I never really understood the point of it, or maybe just because I grew up more in the Facebook generation. I have found that more people that are younger than me are strong Twitter followers, while people around my age are more interested in Facebook.
So, being one that is completely oblivious to what Twitter really is, I definitely learned a great deal of knowledge from Alfred Hermida, Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield.
Hermida (2012) argues that socialized and communalized media (such as Twitter) is reshaping how the world sees journalism. He claims that “[t]he impact of social media on the definition of authority is not just affecting the profession of journalism, but also the field of academic knowledge and medicine” (p. 659). I would like to agree with Hermida on this subject for sure. I believe that online community web based sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and any other website that allows oneself to express their emotions, or talk about news around the world is severely hurting the journalism industry. People today seem to be more interested in reading what the general public has to say about their own news, rather than listening to broadcast journalist on news shows or reading print journalism in newspapers. People want to be involved with the news, not just watch or read about it. The building blocks of journalism are basically facts, truth and reality (Hermida, 2012, p. 659) and the public wants to be a part of this reality.
I believe this is why 198 newspapers and TV stations in the US had an official Twitter account by the year 2010 (Hermida, 2012, p. 662). These old forms of journalism did not want to lose their viewers and readers so they molded with society onto Twitter, where the general public can communicate and be involved with the news.
This is what makes me think, maybe I am not interested in being involved with Twitter, because I have never really been interested the daily news. It is only when some natural disaster happens that I really tune into the news, usually on television but sometimes I will read a paper if the title and image capture my attention.
Twitter and other online community websites that share news are considered to be ‘citizen journalism,’ by Bruns and Highland. Citizen journalism is basically the integration of random acts of journalism that consist of specific technological and practical voluntary contributions by random citizens (Bruns & Highland, 2012, p. 4), thus the public communicating with each other and professional journalists in order to create Twitter comments that pass on from one Twitter user to the next.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post! It was probably one of the most difficult modules for me to grasp, so I hope it makes at least a little sense!
Stay Strong, Happy and Healthy!
Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668