Technology Feature

How Technology Has Changed News.

By Dan James

The way in which we receive news today, has evolved in such a way that people can now choose how they obtain it, in hundreds of new ways.  It is no secret that the paper business is struggling to keep up with the ever updating formats of media news, and this is happening on a huge scale.  But it’s not just how we get the news, it’s also who is bringing it to us.  Mobile technology as well as social networking has managed to create today’s news reporters, because millions of people all over the world have access to them.

A few great examples of this can just be searched on YouTube.  Natural disasters, wars and even day to day crimes are now being caught by normal citizens and this is in form or citizen journalism.  This is because they are first on the scene, and if they have a camera, it will be the first pictures we now see on the television minutes later.  The Tsunami in Japan is a definite candidate for this ever increasing world of citizen journalism.  Hundreds of the victims there were able to capture the terrifying events that happened, and show us the damage that inflicted the country in first person.  Moving towards the more controversial side of this revolution, even back to the events that took place on 9/11.  Videos and images sent in by pedestrians, as they watched the ordeal, have been used against the government’s official statements of 9/11, creating one of the biggest conspiracy theories ever in America.  The London bombings 7/7 were also witnessed by hundreds, who of many had time to portray the event and film it as a reality.  Events like these are more and more being caught before news teams like the BBC and Sky News.

Presently, due to the easiness and popularity, Twitter can now be used as a number one news source.  So many people can now install the Twitter app onto their mobiles, allowing them anytime access, to post whatever they like.  Alan Rusbridger, the deputy editor at The Guardian, is an unlikely but positive reactor to Twitter.  He has said that “it’s where things happen first” and “it rivals Google”.  Rusbridger says it “creates communities, or rather communities form themselves around particular issues, people, events, artefacts, cultures, ideas, subjects or geographies”.  This is almost first hand evidence, that big news corporations are now using Twitter and other networks such as Facebook and live blogs to find stories, and break them to the world.  Yes, it creates a danger for the print business, but some would say we are now receiving real news, from real people.

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