The Technological World We Live In (Even as Journalists)


Technology is news is becoming more and more popular, and even relevant. Newsrooms are among some of the first that should embrace technology however apparently they shy away from it.


Why Aren’t We Using This?


According to Poynter “newsrooms  in the U.S. are still not taking advantage of the low cost digital tools for gathering and distributing journalism, even when the content creators or journalists know how to use the technology.” That’s ridiculous. How do we know that this is true? Why is this happening? Why do journalists not use all of the available tools to better report on the news? What can we do to fix this issue?

Feed the Goat

This information came from “The Goat Must Be Fed”, a report published on May 14th, 2014 by Mark Stencel, Bill Adair, and Prashanth Kamalakanthan. Stencel is from the digital department at the Poynter Institute. Adair is the Knight Chair of Computational Journalism at Duke University. Kamalakanthan is the former assistant in Duke University’s Reporters’ Lab. The report was based on over 20 interviews with editors, news directors, and digital editors from newspapers, television, and radio stations.


News and Technology

There is a website called NewsTechZilla, explains where technology and news collide. However, there is a more simple explaination. News and technology collide because most people are on the internet and use technology to access news. I personally like to read the newspaper in the it’s old fashioned paper glory. However, I am among the minority. Most people my age or even older like I’m weird for reading the paper in actual paper format. This is because most people in my age group get their news from Facebook, Jon Stewart, or Conan. Or even people in my mother’s age group. Most of the time they consume news from technological places and other places in non-traditional ways. Even to take this point a step farther. News used to be word of mouth. Then transitioned into the newspaper format. Then transitioned into the radio format. Then into the television format. However these technological advancements are still the “traditional” way of consuming news. While consuming news via Twitter is “non-traditional”. Of course, it’s non-traditional but maybe, just maybe it’s the next step in news consumption.

(Jon Stewart on Technology)

The Tech In Our Pockets

Another thing to think about is the rapid advancement of technology. We carry around things in our pocket to creep ex-boyfriends on Facebook that have an immense amount of new found power. Cell phones just ten years had the capability to call your mom and play the snake game. And now just ten years later we have unlimited possibilities in which we can use on phone. But the technology is even going farther.

(Top 5 Futuristic Technology)

Awkward Stage

Many people in the 1980’s thought the year 2000 would bring a Jetson’s type world (silver suits and jet packs). We may not be there yet, but that’s where we are heading. The world of wearable technology is in it’s “awkward adolescent stage right now” according to the New York Times Bits Section. The Google Glass product is a perfect example. This is something that is currently on the market. This product can change the way we use and experience technology. Then there are a wide range of the technologies in progress. For example, implanted devices that manage the human body. For example, if you’re heart begins not the function properly that device would send an email to your doctor with the complications it sees internally and then the doctor can help possibly without cutting you open.


(From the Emmy’s. Courtesy of Google Images)

Rapidly Changing

The world is quickly changing, the people can barely keep up with the technology, especially journalists. But the future is upon us.

Until the next mass communications adventure….


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