The art of reading a newspaper is coming to a close. With the introduction of online journalism, it is hard to escape the demise of print media. In fact, many argue that the rise of online journalism will lead to a loss of jobs. According to Rick Edmonds this is exactly what is happening:
Without traditional forms of print journalism, this concern of ‘citizen’ journalists equipped with little or even no qualifications becoming a major news source is growing significantly. It seems the only way to allow journalism to grow and utilise the benefits of online news-telling is for major news companies to attempt to juggle a balance between both print and online mediums to allow professional expertise to be used, allowing both jobs and the quality of the news to be maintained.
Although articles are often written by ethically considerate companies such as the ‘New York Times’ who post around “250 items per day online” according to Canada’s ‘National post’, the ethics of aggregation is a growing concern with many asking how the practice is “different from stealing, or violating copyright.” With the increased use of aggregation through online platforms, individuals with little qualifications and expertise are able to gather key pieces of information and expand upon topics drawing from their own knowledge to form a personalised aggregated news post. Yet again, the concern of poor ethical consideration arguably undermining the practice of journalism as a paid profession has become a key focus when discussing the evolution of online journalism in recent years.
It seems that if these sort of guidelines highlighted by Buttry and many others were put into a form of law worldwide that is currently being introduced in Spain, the issue of plagiarism within the aggregation of posts would surely be put to rest.