News for All...or not?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A recent article I read claims that investigative journalism is on life support. They say that real news is being replaced with fluff because of it.

"Every day, hundreds of reports and stories that Americans should be reading go unreported," said Michael Copps, one of five Federal Communications Commission members.

To the public, innovations to the internet seem fantastic. We love being able to consume our media in a more vibrant way, including hundreds of colored pictures, videos with easy explanations, links to website with summarizing headlines for those of us with limited time.

However, for anyone working in the journalism industry, it's not all good news. All of these new innovations have cost the loss of 143,000 jobs in traditional journalism.

Another problem the article mentions is that not everyone is equipped with broadband or a smart phone, so they are still not receiving that news that is exclusive to online editions.

The article states, "Turner-Lee said the FCC needs to do make universal broadband access a priority in order to enhance diversity in terms of access to information, news coverage and media ownership."

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski claimed that they are working to make it more widespread and affordable to all.

I think this would be a great feat, but a very hard one to tackle. However it is a necessary transition if all our media availability is shifting so quickly. We must keep up with it or our country's democracy will be at stake. It wouldn't be fair for some people to have availability to public knowledge and not others.


SarinaRhinehart October 4, 2011 at 7:42 PM  

For all the jobs that are lost in traditional media, there are new jobs in new media.
This argument leaves out one detail, that news also spreads by mouth. Once someone who does have access to this instant news learns about a story they will tell a few people who in return will pass it on.
In the coming years, people will be able to access wireless internet no matter where they are. This will give everyone a greater ability to receive new stories faster.

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