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BLOG ENTRY 2 modes of publishing

March 14, 2012

In the week 2 tutorial,  I was reminded of how the transferral of media from print to an online platform will affect many different aspects of media companies such as finances, copyright, accessibility and employment. Because the media industry has increased modes of publishing, the lines within traditional media platforms and the reliability of the information within them has been blurred or radicalised. This relates to the concept of amateur publishing. Amateur Publishing has become increasingly well known in recent years especially due to social networking (ie. Twitter etc), Youtube and “collaboratively” published sites such as Wikipedia.  In many ways, this type of publishing is advantageous as it allows for open expression of views and thoughts and shares news of global dilemmas instantaneously, however, it can have a down side. The internet is used frequently as a research tool and thus, due to amateur publishing, we are forced to constantly question the credibility of our information. From this, we are able to see that the internet, as a mode of publishing, has become a reflection of the world itself with all its flaws.

In relation to the financial affects of this media shift, I found the Dan Gillmor article interesting as he says, “Non-subscribers can read up to a certain number of articles before being asked to pay, and there are numerous ways to get around what is already not an onerous system.” Prior to reading this article, I had always had the perception that shifting to an online platform from a more physical, traditional newspaper was a good thing. Perhaps online journalism could be the end of paid journalism and high value for news? Online readers and especially those which are good at using the internet are able to get free news and free quality journalism any time they want. In the Felix Salmon article, he suggests that this feature of the online platform works as a tactic for the NY times working as an open invitation to all kinds of people, resulting in a larger readership and phasing out its previous ‘exclusivity’. His hopeful words, “But here’s the thing about freeloaders: if they value what they’re getting, a lot of them will end up paying anyway”, may strike up some hope for future journalists. After reading both articles, my views of online journalism has changed and I find myself more supportive of the newspaper as it gives information and news stories more value. It is also more just for journalists who are placed under extreme pressures to find one-of-a-kind stories and dont get total repayment for their efforts.

Tara Kohan – 3373149

Tutorial: Thursday 10:30


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