Online journalism – recognition it deserves and same old scepticism!

April 22, 2009 at 12:03 am (Uncategorized)

Online journalism has been eligible to be considered for the Pulitzer Prize  since 2006, but allowing the online only sites to apply for the award ‘ is recognition of the growing importance of online media’ according to Amy Mitchell, the deputy director for the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

In this article she also said “We’ve clearly hit a point now where we’ve seen the audience migration to the Web accelerate.” She goes on to say that online journalism has enabled new tremendous reporting that could simply not exist without the multidimensional tools that online web sites allow the journalist to use. While there was much praise for online journalism in the article, the expected scepticism had to appear at some stage.

In a survey online journalists conducted they found fears that online journalism that the fundamental values of journalism could be under threat from online reporting. The main concern was that the need for speed was ultimately going to contribute to a loss of accuracy. Of course this will always be a fear, but does it not exist in print papers as well. If the news site is worth looking at then they will not be uploading stories that would not be fit for publication in their print version. Of course there will be the very occasional hiccup like there is in newspapers, but sooner or later people will have to accept that online news sites have the same ethics and moral obligations as newspapers, and those they represent. If you want the facts, be realistic and go to a credible newspaper site. Not some random blogger with radical news you happen to stumble across.

Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, said “The Pulitzer competition reflects the hybrid nature of journalism,” and “It’s the combination that’s important.” The editor of Slate, David Plotz, said “It’s an overdue acknowledgement that some of the best journalism in the world and in America is being created not for print publication but for places that live entirely on the Web.

With all the doubts about online journalism, it’s clear that it is slowly winning the hearts of the globe and being eligable to submit material to the Pulitzer Prize is just one more step forward.

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  1. Mariosa Molloy’s Blog Online journalism - recognition it deserves and same old scepticism! « Spritza19’s Blog said,

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