New age News; What does the future hold?

New age News; What does the future hold?
February 15, 2017 Bridget Jensen

The future of news seems to be quite the topic these days as it should be with changing business models.

Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent at CNN, and host of the network’s Reliable Sources talk show, stated that he is optimistic about the future of news. He is an avid Twitter user and frequently tweets up the latest CNN news and related topical stories.

Stelzer mentioned that he has been receiving multiple emails from readers expressing their concern regarding delegitimizing the press. The readers sure are not ready to let this stand and I agree with them. We need the news, making the media that delivers it an important part of our daily lives.

Stelter makes use of social media, such as Facebook and Snapchat, to share and comment about news, as many other journalists have.

We all must evolve as journalists to keep up with the world of technology and new types of readers/viewers.

Judging from discussions on, Snapchat, one of the biggest new platforms, is frustrating many journalists,  “Firstly there’s the ephemeral nature of the tool: creating content designed to disappear is precisely the opposite of what journalists aspire to.”

Snapchat holds many difficulties, not only for the everyday user, but especially for journalists between 10 second videos to short text or drawing with your finger. That being said there is one good quality and powerful quality about Snapchat’s use as a journalism platform; easily engaging viewers.

While Snapchat may be a difficult app to tackle for journalists, consider these good aspects to this app: Start with the time allotted for the video, each video disappears after 24 hours. However, you do have the ability to save a copy of the video. This allows for posting on other sites, blogs, news stores or for use in the future.

Snapchat reminds me of Twitter in regard to journalists. Twitter only allows so many characters for each tweet while Snapchat only allows 10 seconds for each video. If you think about it they are the same you can type on each and/or video on each.

I feel that journalists have progressed with changes in news delivery. Journalists have started transforming their approach in keeping with technology’s effect on delivering information, such as with snapchat and other social media sites/apps.

While there is a lot of talk about threats from the Trump Administration, I think the president has some valid points. Not all media is accurate and true, and while it is unfair to deem all journalists responsible, it is the truth for some. I see it as Trump weeding out those who continually write false articles and raise false accusations.

I agree with Trump’s criticism about some media. It is frustrating when you continually read false information. Of course you soon learn to know the difference, but why should we have to?

Regardless of how President Trump feels about the media, I think that journalists will continue as strong writers and individuals getting their stories to the right viewers. There may be minor setbacks, but I don’t think the news media will ever die.

Bridget Jensen
Bridget Jensen, 23, of Palmer, Alaska, has nearly completed work on her associates degree in computer technology. She is continuing her studies in Arts and Sciences at UAF, working towards an interdisciplinary bachelors degree. Jensen has a strong passion for photography and outdoor activities. One day she hopes to take her photography to the next level.


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