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See You Later Newspaper!

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:

“The American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census today and found an unexpected acceleration of job losses. Roughly 2,600 full-time professional editorial jobs at newspapers disappeared in 2012, a 6.4 percent decline compared to 2011′s total, leaving industry news employment at 38,000.”

With the Decline of Newspapers and the Rise in Online Journalism, the Issue of Jobs and News Quality has become a Major Concern...

With the Decline of Newspapers and the Rise in Online Journalism, the Issue of Jobs and News Quality has become a Major Concern…

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Although journalism jobs within print are reducing in number, journalists such as David Plotz argue “that maybe it’s not that bad,” maybe they “are actually creating a golden age for journalism.”

There is much debate to whether or not this “golden age” is allowing qualified journalists to acquire a paid primary job within the field of online journalism. According to Michaelle Bond after posting a somewhat small questionnaire regarding “the fate of those who have lost their newspaper jobs…it’s safe to say there is life after newspapers. But it’s not always the life the journalists had expected.”

But even if the majority of print media jobs can be replaced, what is the impact upon the quality of news articles? Many argue that with the demise of newspapers, the professional expertise that come with acquiring original reporting will decrease. “The kind of work that involves getting out from behind a computer and hitting the streets to interview real people,” that is often re-used and aggregated by online journalists will also not be as available, which could lead to a limited amount of information for online journalists to work with according to Tony Rogers.

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.


Aspirations and Issues-What Will You Do?

In today’s modern age, the role of journalism is changing and with this, issues within the field are becoming prevalent. Four journalism students from ‘The University of Wollongong’ were interviewed on personal career aspirations. They were also faced with questions in relation to issues within journalism. These questions included the decline of print media and the increase of online aggregation as well as the role of journalism attempting to be entertaining rather than informative. The interviewees included first year students, Sally Krajačić, Ellen Haak, Liam Ruz and Lauren Ferri.

Sally (Left) and Ellen (Right),   Ready to Discuss The Issues of Online Journalism and the Quality of News

Sally (Left) and Ellen (Right), Ready to Discuss The Issues of Online Journalism and the Quality of News

“Where do you intend to go once you have finished your degree?”

Sally: “Hopefully I complete a few internships, make some connections and get work with a magazine or TV, National Geographic is my dream.”

Ellen: “Ideally I would love to go into music journalism, and write about issues within that industry as well as reviews, but who knows.”

Liam: “I haven’t thought of it.. working full time, hopefully!”

Lauren: “I would love to travel to New York or London for a break.”

“With sharing and clicks influencing online news articles, do you think that journalism is attempting to entertain rather than inform?”

Sally: “It is how the individual interprets the information given. I share articles all the time but its not because the article has entertained me for a bad reason its because I like it so much I want others to read it because the article to me has a purpose.”

Ellen: “Yes, I think so. I think that companies/news publications are writing their pieces in order to get more hits, to get their statistics up. In saying that, there are also many journalists who are sticking to the more informative ways.”

Liam: “Yes and no.. I think that in order to make a profit, some journalism sites are doing all they can to survive… eat or be eaten type thing. However, quality journalism is still out there for people to find.”

Lauren: “No, not really. I believe that journalism is all about informing people. Though without it being a tiny bit entertaining, I doubt anyone would pay attention.”

“Do you think that with the decline of print media and the rise of online aggregation, curation and blogging that the quality of news has the potential to decrease?”

Sally: “I definitely think that because it’s there and increasing, it has the potential for some users to abuse the industry and use it for no good. Online media is rapidly growing and this can discredit some paid journalists work.”

Ellen: “Yes, definitely. At least with print media it was monitored who actually published and wrote things. With online stuff anyone can post anything about whatever they like.”

Liam: “The potential for a decline in news quality is definitely there. I think not only that but people’s standards for quality news will begin to drop with aggregated stories becoming the norm.”

Lauren: “It’s definitely a possibility! I mean, everyone has the resources at their fingertips, and it’s so easy to just do what they like with it. There’s so many people that may not even think of becoming a journalist that can reach out to people through the internet and that is a good thing about online journalism.”

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Is Aggregation The Right Destination?

Journalism has undergone many changes in recent years. In a world of online blogging and social media, news stories are becoming more accessible through web-based journalism. With the rise of this practice of journalism, it seems that “much of the web is built around aggregation” in the words of Kimberley Isbell from Nieman Journalism Lab. According to Bill Keller, a former executive editor of ‘The New York Times’, “there’s often a thin line between aggregation and theft.”


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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.

With a fear of aggregation leading to the theft of information obtained by professionals, as of May this year, “Spanish legislators announced they’re considering a law that would regulate aggregators,” according to Friedman from ‘Columbia Journalism Review’. Currently,there is no law restricting how aggregation is handled, however there are a key set of ethical considerations outlined by many, including those stated by Steve Buttry involving the incorporation of linking back to the source, attributing and adding value.

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.

Reading and Writing Can Be Exciting:

It is one o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon, Jarrad Tatton is sitting at a lone desk, engulfed by what appears to be a work by John Marsden. A lone notepad and pen sit on the tabletop. It is a break for the Media and Communications student, not a burden. The expression on the eighteen year olds face says it all. It is a passion that exceeds university work.

Eighteen year old Jarrad Tatton has a burning passion of reading and writing in his spare time away from the pressures of study at university...

Eighteen year old Jarrad Tatton has a burning passion of reading and writing in his spare time away from the pressures of study at university…

For some eighteen year olds, reading and writing is just a necessary element of university life and nothing more. Literature is thrown from all directions, all for the benefit of learning. With this overload of information, it is easy for many to spend their spare time away from books. But not Jarrad.

“…books can be a hobby, not just a part of research for assignments.”

Many agree that for the most part, it is vital to ones wellbeing that they have an interest outside of their job or study. Confronted with this, Jarrad smiles, putting his notepad in his pocket, he ponders for a brief moment. “Reading and writing satisfies my intense imagination, it’s also distracting from everything else. If you read something you enjoy, it allows you to escape the necessary, yet boring academic readings of uni and realise that books can be a hobby, not just a part of research for assignments.”

Jarrad’s passion for literature doesn’t end at sole reading. As we walk through the library, scanning the sections of fantasy and sci-fi fiction, Jarrad pulls out his notebook. “Sorry, but I just thought of a great Idea after that book.” When asked what is being put to paper, he seems enthused, replying “I just came up with a setting I could use. You see, reading and writing is like this-you can’t have one without the other.” Asking what types of stories and ideas he has come up with leads us to a side of Jarrad that we would not have picked at first glance.

“I read because I love gaining knowledge that I can use for writing worlds.”

As we make our way out of the library, books in hand, I mention that reading can often allow us to be inspired in our writing. “Yes, exactly. I read because I love gaining knowledge that I can use for writing worlds.” With this, all preconceptions of a typical ‘bookworm’ are thrown out the window. Jarrad’s passion for reading and writing now becomes a whole lot more unique and personal.  “I suppose I like to write world’s because I can be more imaginative. I can invent places and cultures rather than having to create a beginning, complication and end, making it interesting or worthy of people. I am creating world’s that someone can make a story of.” This passionate hobby is set firmly aside from his study of media and journalism, “Its just a way for me to spend my time doing something I love.”

As Jarrad leaves for his class, he is asked just one more question:

“When will you write up these ideas for that setting you came up with just before?”

“As soon as I get home from University of course.”

Follow Jarrad Tatton’s journalism blog and expand your knowledge of issues within the field and much more at https://jarradjournalism.wordpress.com/

Meet the People-An Extra Treat!

This short, yet sharp Vox Pop introduces us to the vibrant personalities within the University of Wollongong that were asked to convey their individual perspectives on various topics. In Journalism, students have learnt that is vital to recognise that allowing interviewees to feel comfortable as they are questioned is as important as gathering answers. With this confidence, fantastic moments that would not happen if the situation was too ‘formal’ and ‘serious’ arose allowing the true personalities of the students to be highlighted. As the process of interviewing went on, the students felt more at ease and answered questions more confidently. Additionally, spending time with my interviewees allowed us to create a strong connection before the interview process began paving way for great responses.

Veronica Cremen-Your Perspective Changed When?

Interviewing Veronica Cremen offers an extremely sophisticated insight into the eyes of a Media and Communications student studying Journalism. Sitting upon a clean, wooden step with a small black backpack thrown to the side, questions allow Veronica to express how her perspective of life as a university student and its inherent link with the future has rapidly changed and continues to change. We are left amazed at Veronicas jubilance as she answers each and every question with ease, with no signs of discomfort or anxiety. Reminiscing about her childhood dream, the eighteen year old ponders what the future will hold for her once university life comes to a close.

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What do you think of Journalism students?

Questions such as these allowed a wide array of first year students from various degrees to voice their strong opinions on topics given through the form of a vox pop. Within this video, university life is seen as a diverse topic, with many contrasts as to what life as a student is thought to be. Those that were interviewed comfortably expressed these opinions and provided answers which were entertaining. Some responses were similar, whilst others allowed an alternate understanding through their unique representation of their own perceptions of university life.