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Does the internet make journalism better or worse?

The news industry is just one of many industries being dramatically altered by the internet. This particularly affects the shrinking numbers of newspaper corporations, who arguably go into more depth as compared to other medium of news. It can also encourage reporters and journalists to rush their work, or even report false information, to be the first one to distribute information or get the most site traffic.

At the same time, the internet enables greater participation from readers and makes it possible to get an article out to more people than ever before. This offers journalists new and better ways to do their jobs. It also allows for less-well-known journalists to get their articles and opinions out.

So what do you guys think?

  • May 5 2013: Neither better or worse.
    The Internet is sorting itself out.
    News is only gossip and shared opines.

    When newspapers first hit the streets,
    educated people viewed News as gossip.
    Nothing more.

    The New York Times went through many editors
    over the years. I have to say, current day, they
    need to find a better editor.

    They like other newspapers are experimenting
    with the Internet, to see if they can use it to
    make money.

    That brings us to your suggestion. ---
    ".... It can also encourage reporters and journalists
    to rush their work, or even report false information,
    ..."

    You've won the
    HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD award.

    Yup, your right.
  • May 5 2013: Only journalists can make journalism better or worse.

    The internet can make nothing better or worse.
  • May 5 2013: WORSE
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    May 18 2013: We shouldn't ask ourselves if Internet makes journalism better or worse. Rather we should wonder if technology (and Internet) is helping us to perceive reality in a more authentic way or not, because an authentic reality is the basis of journalism. In my opinion sometimes it does, and other times it doesn't. But we should always remember that there are human hands holding a pen or a camera and human eyes selecting news. So here's the point: we can choose.
  • May 9 2013: can you say more of what you want to on the internet than in regular journalism?
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    May 5 2013: I think the internet has made journalism different. I don't think it's necessarily better.
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    May 5 2013: Better because faster and more choices.