The Future of Journalism

Lets talk about Journalism.

Journalism is being transformed in the ways that it is produced, distributed, and used. We are witnessing the emergence of new tools and practices, phenomena that are yielding both a flurry of new ways to produce information and a redefinition of the place of professional journalism in this new information system. While there is widespread fear about the damaging consequences of these trends for the quality of journalism and the professional survival of journalists, we believe that current developments may, in fact, be paving the path toward better journalism and more independent journalists.



What role do you think data and programming will play?

Data abstract

“So, not only is data journalism changing in itself, it’s changing journalism too.”

Data journalism is 80% perspiration, 10% great idea, 10% output

It just is. We spend hours making datasets work, reformatting pdfs, mashing datasets together. Mostly, we act as the bridge between the data (and those who are pretty much hopeless at explaining it) and the people out there in the real world who want to understand what that story is really about.

“Good design still really matters”.

Data journalism is not just graphics and visualizations. It’s about telling the story in the best way possible. Sometimes that will be a visualization or a map. Sometimes it’s a news story. Sometimes, just publishing the number is enough.

If data journalism is about anything, it’s the flexibility to search for new ways of storytelling. And more and more people are realizing that. So being a data journalist is no longer unusual.

It’s just journalism. (Data)

How should journalism schools adapt?

Like Cindy Royal mentioned in her article. It starts from the bottom and you have to build the foundation so the student will be able to learn. (Cindy Royal) Sometimes it tough for professor to go out the norm and teach another way or explain things differently, but thats the way the world is going. We do work in tech so once its accepted than we can move forward.

Once you have an understanding of digital and tech as related to platform dynamics, then you can formulate opinions as to how technology affects media as well as other areas



3 responses

  1. Like you mentioned, data journalism serves many purposes and the trouble with this is being able to give it greater meanings, rather than it just being a pretty graphics. I also agree with you that the foundations of journalism will be key for moving forward no matter what new trends in technology come along.


    November 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm

  2. I’ve found that probably the best way to adapt to changes occurring within the journalism field is to have a working knowledge of programming and coding. It’s not only about writing now, it’s about knowing how to code properly and being social media savvy. Preparing journalism students with the know-how on interacting within a data journalism world is the only way they will succeed as journalists.


    November 6, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  3. Absolutely agree with Dr. Royal, schools must be able to set a foundation on which future journalists can build upon in todays news market, which means, THEY MUST LEARN TO CODE or at least understand how it is done in order to provide a complete picture of the news.


    November 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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