Pop quiz! Enumerate as many types of journalism you know. Probably not a lot, but don’t worry. You’re about to widen your knowledge of journalism fields.
When people hear about journalism, the first thing that comes to mind might be a swarm of reporters, holding up microphones, on the run for breaking news. (Oh, don’t forget the cameramen following behind!)
Thanks to technology, the journalism field has now opened up for you or literally anyone with just a gadget and news to deliver. After all, sharing “content” nowadays is on-demand 24/7 that anywhere at any given time, there’s news to read, watch, or listen to on the web.
Let’s see how technology shaped the way we do journalism today and skim through these 3 types of journalism you’ve probably never heard of. Are you ready?
1. Citizen Journalism
Long before technology wasn’t as accessible as today, people would have to write letters to news publications before they can share the news. Mind you, it takes so much time and effort to make it happen! (You can ask your parents about that.)
Fast forward to today, anyone who has a laptop or smartphone can upload a post, photo, or video of newsworthy information on their Facebook or Twitter accounts and, voila, the whole world knows. Hello, social media!
Basically, that’s citizen journalism in a nutshell. It empowers the public to be their “own journalists” and report the news as it happens before their eyes. No need to wait for news reporters from your favorite news channels. You can do it on your own!
While this means faster and more information coming our way, note that this type of journalism is largely unregulated and too subjective so remember to take this news with a grain of salt. Fact-checking is key!
Want to be a citizen journalist? Here are some things you can do to get started:
- Make it a habit to fact-check news articles when you read up online. No to fake news!
- Participate in citizen journalism. Share and reshare newsworthy information on your social media accounts.
- Learn more about citizen journalism. (Here’s a TED Talk for you!)
2. Mobile Journalism
If citizen journalism emphasizes the role of the people in sharing news, mobile journalism highlights the power of portable electronic devices for journalistic work. Yup, that means the same phone you hold to play games is the same phone you can use to deliver the next breaking news! Can you imagine?
Mobile journalists, or also known as MOJOs, are skilled reporters in creating and editing audio, photos, or videos on their phones, after which they send to the newsroom servers or directly on social media for public consumption. It’s like a production studio in your pocket!
Aside from producing news faster, one of the advantages of mobile journalism is also allowing reporters to cover events in hard to reach areas without the hassle of heavy equipment. Not to mention, going unnoticed in risky but newsworthy situations! (This is the part where we appreciate journalists. Thank you!)
Want to be a mobile journalist someday? Here are some things you can do to develop the skills you need:
- Learn the must-have skills of a MOJO! Develop your skills in photography, videography, and podcasting to name a few.
- Free up some space on your smartphone and download these MOJO apps!
- Learn more about mobile journalism. (Here’s a TED Talk for you!)
3. Immersive Journalism
Just when you thought news reporting has reached its peak with mobile journalism, technology takes it a bit further with immersive journalism! And by “immersive,” we mean the type of journalism that takes you through a news scene like you’re there. Amazing, right
Simply put, immersive journalism is like watching a 360-degree video, or playing a virtual reality game except you’re actually participating in a virtual news story. Virtual but factual news. This means you are allowed to virtually walk around in the location, and engage with characters and experiences in the story. How cool is that? #ByeFOMO
While immersive journalism isn’t widely used yet due to technological restraints, journalists are looking forward to this type of journalism in hopes of breaking virtual barriers that limit the viewers from experiencing an emotional connection to the news story. Guess we’ll be on the edge of our seats for this news! *wink wink*
Want to be an immersive journalist? Here are some things you can do to get started:
- Explore Emblematic’s website for immersive journalism in action.
- Learn more about immersive journalism. (Here’s a TED Talk for you!)
Technology has undeniably shaped the way we create and receive news today. And we bet we haven’t seen everything yet! If you’re an aspiring reporter or media practitioner, now is an exciting time to get involved in the journalism industry. Decide which type of journalism interests you, and develop the skills for it. We’re looking forward to your news, future journalist!
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