Thanks to the Internet, just about anybody can be a journalist, photographer and publisher. This is one of the most obvious factors at play in the changing world of journalism.
Some of the general trends in journalism that we should see in the coming year are laid out below. Some of these trends have been gradually evolving over prior years.
Low barriers to entry
The cost of a camera is within reach of most people. The availability and quick access to a camera has also increased with many mobile phones having built in cameras.
The speed at which photos can be shared is also very quick now with the popularity of social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and so on.
Increase in the number of media outlets and ease of access
The Internet has given the individual the power to communicate with the whole world.
For example, YouTube and Facebook have become media outlets that everyone can access and publish to. A few people have become overnight celebrities after appearing on YouTube videos.
The rise of the ‘little person’ – citizen journalism
Sites such as Demotix, Citizenside and Alamy allow pretty much anyone to submit photos.
As reported previously London based Demotix was recently acquired outright by Corbis to become its breaking news section. LA based Splash provides Corbis’ entertainment news.
Citizenside is affiliated with AFP.
It looks like some of the big players in the photography industry have realised this shift and are expanding their media outlets to allow more people the ability to provide them with news.
Sites like Digital Journal give budding journalists the opportunity to report from a different perspective.
Other sites such as Suite101 allow people to write about whatever they like and it doesn’t have to be news worthy.
The rise of Asia
Asia accounts for over 60% of the world’s population, yet is relatively under-reported.
As this part of the world becomes more prosperous and the ‘developed world’ becomes less prosperous, more and more news should come from this area.
As China slowly moves towards more freedom of the media this will also open up more opportunities.
Photojournalism sites that can use on the ground reporters are doing particularly well in certain places where it would be dangerous or non-cost effective to send journalists. They rely on local people who blend in much better and can do the job for a fraction of the price.
A good example of this trend is the reporting of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Perhaps the biggest news story of the past few years.
Left-wing bias of mainstream media in the UK
The left wing, Marxist influenced bias of much of the mainstream media in the UK, which is controlled to a large degree by the NUJ, has led to many patriotic, pro-British political parties relying on new social media, including their own websites, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and so on.
The NUJ, for example, uses its powerful position to instruct the media that they must report about certain perfectly legal political parties and organisations in a negative way.
Digital Journal previously exposed the NUJ and is still awaiting responses to the questions that it asked the NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet.
The British National Party even felt that it had to make its own Question Time program after the BBC changed the format of its show for the first time ever in order to cater to the appearance of its leader, Nick Griffin. Host David Dimbleby is reported to have even encouraged the audience to boo him.
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