Media coverage is available on mostly all social networking platforms now a days, and it is hard not to be engaged in the news and what is happening in todays world. My Facebook page has news stories in my newsfeed, and my twitter has breaking news tweets from CNN, my local newspaper, as well as a million other followers who tweet news they find relevant as well. I have to admit that the emergence of these new opportunities for sharing journalism have encouraged me to consume more journalism and even mildly participate in it more directly as well. There has been many times where I have shared a particular news story on my Facebook that I find interesting or I feel strongly about, and I have also signed online petitions which have allowed me to directly participate in social activism.
In Hermida’s article Tweets and Truth; he discusses this point and how journalism through social media is beginning to include individuals who are not journalists. A quote I find interesting in Hermida’s article is “twitter has also been adopted as a mechanism for user-generated content, tapped by news organizations for gathering eye witness reports as events unfold in real time” (2012, p. 663). I find that this quote supports the idea that consumers who are not journalists are able to freely become one and twitter allows this to occur by allowing everyone to be involved. Dalgren’s article Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment also support this notion and social media allows for “mutual support, organizing, mobilizing or solidifying identities” (2012, p 27). Dalgren’s article is important and outlines the importance of citizens all being able to be involved through social media and engage in journalism. Overall I think that the emergence of all these various avenues of social media and journalism allow for people including myself to become more and more engaged and involved in which I think benefits journalists, news organizations, and just as importantly us consumers, because it allows information to be gathered from all angles.
Dahlgren, P. (2012). Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment. Geopolitics, History, and International Relations. 4.2, p27.
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.