Breaking news and social networks


We live in the era where news circulate at unimaginable speed and where we can easily get in touch with what happens in the other part of the world and be kept up to date; all with one simple click.

Traditional journalism is suffering intense pressure of the digital world and is facing with a big challenge: keeping up with the times to survive. There are many magazines that have closed down, while others have decided to cut costs by closing the paper version and staking everything on the web, as in the case of the famous BusinessWeek. 

The risk now is that journalists are likely to give up the quality while giving users what they want: flash, short and direct news. In the online world, in fact, users do not read; they scan. In this scenario breaking news risk to become a commodity at the mercy of consumers.

Fortunately, however, quality journalism still exists; also in the web. In Spain new solutions are emerging in the online journalism’s field, and they are all based on a common principle: quality.

Matter is an example. It is a a new kind of online magazine created by the two reporters, Jim Giles and Bobbie Johnson, who decided to focus squarely on quality, providing readers with long-form stories that hide a deep process of research, study and analysis. “A new model for high-quality journalism, an area that’s been hit hard by the transition from print to digital media”, writes the founders in the website.

Commoditization  of news is an existing phenomenon even before that Twitter & co. did their entry into our daily lives. Of course, social networks could negatively affect this trend, but we should look at their positive power: they connect people and are useful tools to develop and exchange new innovative journalistic solutions.

Like any tool, it’s up to us make the best use possible.