Journalism as we know it


Journalism, is the gathering, processing and dissemination of news and information related to the news to an audience. The word applies to both the method of inquiring for news and the literary style which is used to disseminate it. The media uses range from content published via newspapers, magazines (print), television and radio (broadcasting) and their digital media versions.

Now however, the Internet has painted a whole other picture of journalism. Digital journalism, a.k.a. online journalism, is a contemporary form of journalism where editorial content is distributed via the Internet rather than print or broadcast. For digital journalism, news and features on current affairs is presented solely or in combination as text, audio, video and some interactive forms and disseminated through digital media platforms.

The way the Internet has changed it, is that online, there are fewer barriers to entry, there are lower distribution costs and there is diverse computer networking technologies available for people to go into digital journalism.

Okay but seriously, all’s good in the world of digital journalism if its just people bringing things from print or broadcast media, online, but all these people out there now a days are taking it onto themselves to be “journalists” and to shed light on all the current affairs, without even fact checking themselves.

Case in point #1. STOMP.
STOMP, a local website where “citizen journalism” takes place. Whenever Singaporeans have an opinion about something, they take it to STOMP, when they’ve seen something they just need to comment on, they take is to STOMP. They claim they’re the critical alternative thinkers and that its about democracy and having a different point of view, but is it really what its about? These “citizen journalists’ think that just because they’re writing out their opinions and views on news or current affairs, they’re ACTUALLY journalists and they’re right… David-Gregory-Quickmeme-3I read an article somewhere, and he talked about the problem with citizen journalism in Singapore. He says, that unlike mainstream media and the profession that IS journalism, the (he used the word worrying, but i’m gonna use the word annoying) thing about citizen journalists is not only the lack of research involved, but the fact that their comments and articles often turn into nothing more than emotionally defensive pieces. The following phrases often appear in their articles
“I think you’re missing the point”, “I’m not trying to suggest that_____”,
“well you should really (insert irrational word)”, and “(Insert sarcastic laughter followed by more mockery of commentator)”.

I mean of course I do feel that to SOME extent, citizen journalism is good for us. It has in some way opened and encouraged more Singaporeans to be involved in politics, but as the author wrote, how can we turn this into a reasonable and mature discourse, encouraging healthy debate and objective writing that betters the community??

I seriously hope people would read more and find out more facts about situations before blindly following whatever they read on citizen journalism websites and have their own ideas before jumping onto the bandwagon. Honestly, sometimes when I see people and comments online that are just so irrational and ridiculous i’m just like Leave_me_alone_to_die.


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