The New Age of Journalism

The days are over in which one would have to wait until the 6 o’ clock news, or the morning paper to catch up on the news around their community or around the Country. In today’s society, the news is a 24/7 cycle with constant updates from many different people on several different outlets. With the rise of the mobile telephone in the 2000’s, it is so much easierCNN-24-News-600x600 for news outlets, bloggers, newspapers, and websites to get the news out to the public in a more timely fashion. As Collette Snowden states in chapter eight of her “As It Happens” book, “The range of means that allow people to receive news gives more people immediate access to eyewitness news, stories, audio reports of events as they occur, often from multiple different vantage points and perspectives.” (Snowden 120) She goes on to say, “Victims and spectators are able to tell their own stories, and to record their own reactions, feelings, and perspectives, often before mainstream news organizations can mobilize a journalist or camera crew to generate a report.” (Snowmen 121) Snowden does a really good job of explaining just how the journalism world is changing before our eyes, and basis this change off of the creation of mobile technology.

Now that there is so many different ways people can hear about the news around the Country, journalists are very concerned about getting their story/information out to the public first, or as soon as they possibly can. It is some serious competition, every journalist wants their story to be read by the highest audience possible and they believe they need to be first to report something to make that happen. In this case, their is more chance of error because they do not take their time to check other resources and make sure the story is accurate. Also, more and more times now these stories that news gathering people produce are not read by any editors. The times have passed that they send in their story to the editing room and to have them make changes and send it back. Back when there were only a few news outlets, they had time to edit because the paper would not be sent out until the next morning, assuring the story was accurate and well written. (Here’s a look how social media is changing news journalism and a look at the news cycle)

With the evolution of the cell phone, even casual people just walking along with their day can become journalists at the drop of a hat. People have the ability to turn on their cell phone and use the camera or video function to record an event or take a spontaneous photo that interests them. They can take these photos or videos and text them to a friend, post on a social network, or even send it into Action News and possibly have it broadcasted to the entire area. The cell phone has definitely enhanced the term journalist, and has spread to many different outlets and people. The app that corresponds to this chapter in Snowden’s book the best in my opinion is Twitter. I treat Twitter almost like a newspaper in this generation. It is my best source of news, and it is constantly updating throughout the day, kind of like the 24/7 news cycle as Snowden speaks of. It has a wide range of perspectives like personal blogs, newspaper organizations, broadcast news outlets, athletes, and even your friends who can provide news in your personal life.

Another reading that connects with “As it Happens”, is chapter eight in a book written by Gerald Goggin, in which he goes in detail about the invention of the camera phone. He explains that the way the news is produced and consumed has shifted for larger audiences, in that the camera phone produces small acts of media consumption which could serve as a unique perspective because camera phones are usually used during unexpected news events happening right then. He also describes how camera phones are good for “citizen journalists” who post on blogs, websites, and social networks because there is not a need to buy a separate camera or video recorder if you are just doing little things for your personal blog and do not need the best quality of picture or video. Camera phones provide enough for them to do their job and makes for more citizen journalists to come about. Also it is much easier to post photos from a cell phone onto the computer then it is for a digital camera or a high-tech video phone

Goggin also brings up moblogging in which connects to Snowden’s piece as well. He explains moblogging as a mobile form of blogging in which people can post blogs online and it works the same as if you were on an actual computer. Blogging has really taken off because of the mobile phone and it has expanded the journalism field, and provided more of a 24 hour news cycle as Snowden hints towards in her book. Blogging has taken on a head of its own and is now a very popular way for people to express their opinions on sports, pop culture, movies, politics, and weather. The mobile phone makes it easier for bloggers to post things on the go and in places in which they do not have a computer; it reminds me of the app Instagram in which people post photos of what their doing. A lot of people like taking photos of what their eating, or a game they are at, or a picture of them with their friends. You can follow people and see the photos that they post, and it shows you what people follow you and how many photos each person has posted. You can like a picture if you want as well if it is a picture that interests you. It makes you want to take pictures and it creates the ability to share moments with your friends and family. (Here’s an article that explains more of how the camera phone makes everyone a journalist)

All in all, through both readings it is obvious that the mobile phone has changed the journalism industry tremendously. It has provided many different avenues and perspectives that people can hear the news and also has opened up doors for casual people to become journalists in their everyday life. It is a unique transition to journalism on mobile devices, one that many people are still getting use to. Some will never use to this, and will always get their information and news from the newspaper or 6 0’clock news, that is the only way that some people know.

By: Rich Fogel


Works Cited

Goggin, Gerard. (2006).  Chapter 8, “Cell Phone Culture: Mobile Technology in Everyday Life”  (143-161). Retrieved April 13, 2013, from

Snowden, C. (2012). As it happens, “Mobile communications technology, journalists, and breaking news”. (Vol. 73, pp. 121-133). Retrieved: April 13, 2013, from

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