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Everybody can be a journalist

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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In the 21st century, the Internet has developed swiftly. Nearly all people in developed countries access the Internet at least once a day, visiting famous websites like Google and Yahoo! to receive information. And with the emergence of social media like Facebook and Weibo in China, people have started using these social networks to communicate. These usage patterns reveal that new media is changing people’s life style and is a threat to traditional media. Li Fang, the vice contributing editor of QQ.com, attended a seminar at Shue Yan University yesterday and said that we are facing a revolution in journalism and communications. Everybody can now be a journalist.

“On the internet, the follower of a single famous person can exceed one million. Reporting becomes easier with the internet and new technologies. If people witness an accident, they can simply take a video of it and quickly upload it to a social network, sharing with thousands or even millions of people,” said Li.

The convenience and popularity of new media facilitates people's ability to share news on the web and thus be “reporters”. Their role changes from consumers of information to the controller or developer of information. News can quickly spread on the internet and attract thousands of people to comment on that news. It is a one-to-infinity communications system, and it is a revolution in the media world.

The widespread use of smartphones accelerates the development of new media. As Li said, there is now a generation of mobile internet users. Everybody is accessing the internet using mobile devices. In 2011, there are currently around 400 million people using mobile internet. And it is expected that the number of users will rise to 750 million by 2014. Mobile devices could be the main platform of future media.

In Li’s eyes, this revolution is not a threat but an opportunity. “Flow of news becomes faster. The announcement of Michael Jackson’s death on the internet was faster than CNN's by 30 minutes. It is good for users as they can receive news earlier,” said Li. It also gets people involved more in globalization as people can know news or information from around the world more easily and quickly via the Internet and social media. They can even comment on it and discuss it with people all over the world.

Li emphasized that regardless of new media or traditional media, the need for information would never change. It is an eternal need of humans. So notwithstanding the changes in ways of communication, grasping the value of information is the most important thing.

[Phenomenal article. Fantastic work!]

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