Is Online Media Destroying The Craft Of Investigative Journalism?

mediaWhen the Internet first came into fruition it didn’t really amount to much; is was laughed off as being a fad that would quickly dissolve away. However, now, I’m sure you can imagine how wrong those people are feeling. The Internet is easily one of the biggest, boldest, and powerful things in the world as it has opened up, not just a door, but a portal to imagination. Internet has made things possible that were never even imaged, but unfortunately there has to be victims. One area that is hurting bad from the rise of the Internet is traditional print journalism.

Before the Internet, newspapers, TV, radio, phone, and face-to-face communication were the ways people would communicate. Newspapers brought people local, national, and global news – reading the newspaper quickly became an American pastime, but now the newspaper business is dying. Traditional media is quickly being swept underneath the ominous cloud of new media – which is simply defined as Internet and communication through modern technology.

One could say that this is a very natural process and that what we are witnessing is a simple transformation that we’re just going to have to get used to, but there is a craft that is dying along with it. The craft of investigative journalism is dwindling in the abyss due to rise of online media. Nowadays, students who major in journalism learn how to start their own blogs, manage social networks, and are more emphasized on new media rather than the traditional form of print media rather than learning how to interview, question, and investigate news stories. This craft made journalism extremely popular, but even though it hasn’t lost much popularity (if any at all), it is definitely being reformed due to online media.

I am confident that certain newspapers like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal will still be in existence for years to come, but don’t expect any newspapers to rise from the grave and start a comeback; if they do, it’ll be via online media. Online news sites like the Huffington Post is where people go for news that is free, easy to access, and just as portable.

Even though print journalism and the craft of investigative journalism are being destroyed by online media, I do not believe it is necessarily a bad thing. While it is sad to see these things go and with it, several jobs – it’s not the end of the world, or even a career field for that matter. In fact, online media has opened the door for print journalists to take upon a more efficient career where they can post things online rather than in print. It’s time for the traditional ways to move to the side and allow modern technology to guide us through to more efficient times.