Journalists aren’t the only ones who benefit from news organizations’ increased presence on social media.
Others have evaluated the news media and determined social media has not only benefited journalists but has also helped give individuals a way to speak up to the world.
A question like this cannot be answered straightforward but must instead be explored.
While the report will focus on what has already occurred, it will also look to the future and will consider whether public opinions of the mainstream media have helped spawn and accelerate the birth of the social media revolution.
Despite this, the Pew survey showed most respondents still think watchdog journalism is critically important (“Public” 10-11).
The poll also monitored consumers’ most-used news medium, finding audiences tend to obtain national and international news from TV and the Internet (“Public” 4).
Before being able to define the relationship between social media and journalism, it’s vital to explain journalism’s purpose and troubles within the media industry as a whole. Podger says journalism is about listening to those who have something to say (Podger 36).
In his blog post titled “Social Journalism: Past, Present and Future,” Woody Lewis offers similar sentiments regarding what a “social journalist” is.
The report is broken into subtopics: a summary of the current state of traditional media; definitions and background information on what social media and social journalism are; social media tools professionals use and why; current event case studies in which social media played a role in reporting the news; ethical issues surrounding the social media shift; and how the future of the news media might look as a result of social media.
The report will respond to one simple, yet rather complex, question: What impact has social media had on news organizations?