Social Media and the Changing Face of Journalism
Historically, the institution of journalism has been radically altered concurrent with the emergence of new media. From movable type to the printing press, the way in which news is produced and experienced by the consumer has seen countless changes throughout time. Such a change is happening right now, with the emergence of social media as a major source of news. Not only have producers of news been forced to adapt to said transformations, citizen involvement in what kind of information is spread is at an all time high. By picking and choosing the outlets they receive their news from, average consumers are able to individualize their information consumption to a level previously unseen. Additionally, for the first time in history, the means of production and consumption (social media) are one in the same. Consequently, there is more variety in journalistic voices today than ever before. In the modern day anyone with an internet connection and something to say can be a journalist.