Internet and Online Journalism: Shift the Press Box

Written by Nurhanis binti Hazry

The contribution of Internet in the development of news reporting highlighted as the starting point in the scope of online journalism. Online journalism is defined as generating reports by using Internet (web) networking. As stated by Bardoel (1996), Internet helps in boosting the profession of online journalist as it offers the vast array of resources in democracy superfluous. It offers the endless technological possibilities to work with, instead of creates its own type of journalism on the Net, which is called as digital or online reporting (Singer, 1998).

Before the advent of these platforms, only radio and news channels are the most basic sources of news reporting. But now, with the aid of Internet capabilities, journalists capture and send it lively. More content related to any recent incidents can be found on the web faster than radio and television channels. Previous studies show that the use of digital assets including mobile phones and social networking sites expend to large level producing finer and better online stories (Nicole, 2014).

Interactivity, convergence and customisation of content are the key characteristics of news reporting on the Net. By putting together all these keys of the widespread use and availability of the Internet, the outcome seems to be the core competences and functions for online journalism. As stated by Deuze (2000), online journalism refers to the gathering and distributing original news content on the Internet. The definition of online journalism and indeed journalism posed journalists throughout the history of journalism studies.

Online journalism differentiated functionally from other kinds of journalism by the term of technological components. It acts as a determining factor of specific meaning under particular technological conditions. The advent of multimedia interactivity will inevitably impact the factors on how the online journalism gets done. Thus, the more and more gathering and disseminating of updated information will be putting the distribution of online news in the journalistic core function (Fulton, 1996).

As Castells et. al (2004) explains, accessing online news has gained a new transaction in public’s daily routine. In general, legacy of online news developed news provision by customizing online journalistic content published at the web applications. The development of Internet with advanced of network connectivity published the news stories, photos and videos straight from the field, making the news production process faster and more efficient.

As standard online journalism is trending at increased rate, readers appreciate online news by providing them to search for particular news in a few seconds. The high resolution of visual affects online readers believing the content as it to be coming from trustful sources. The innovation and integration of Internet offers advantages of online reporting over the old methods.


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