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Posted on April 16, 2012 by

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After looking at Richard Gingra’s perspective on how to improve future journalism I was automatically drawn to how there is a change in the way journalism is viewed/framed.

Traditionally, sources of the media were considered prominent figures, whistleblowers or other personalities that had greater insight into a story/issue of relevance. However today we have moved away from the idea of what constitutes a legitimate source and used what Gingra highlights as “leveraging search and social” as the fundamental way in which news stories are developed.

Today, journalists uncover some of the greatest stories through ordinary tweets or spontaneous posts about an event/issue that ends up being front page news. There are various examples to illustrate this transformation in how journalists function- The ousting of Kevin Rudd revealed by a parliamentary on twitter, the major story on protests against Putin that stemmed from an ordinary citizens cry for help via blogging, and not to mention the flawed 2009 Iran elections that led to massive stirs via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube that soon enlightened the injustice to the rest of the world.

While journalism has always been highly dependent on networking and sourcing, the Internet has provided a revolutionary form of leveraging, one that had exposed some of the most hidden stories and caused havoc amongst governments and authority figures. Assange’s Wikileaks can undoubtebly be examined as another revolutionary example of how the digital world has transcended the future of journalism to a new level whereby Gingra’s argument  “our society’s need for credible journalistic knowledge and wisdom has never been greater”) has been upheld.

In conclusion, the ability to leverage via search and social has strengthened journalism with the voice of the people becoming heard in a world plagued by political, social and economic power pursuits.

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