Journalism is the art of telling tales, both past and present. It has evolved from printing newspapers to writing books, TV shows, and online articles for blogs or news websites. Still, it has always been a vital part of our culture, as stated by writers such as Hunter S Thompson, who stated, “Journalism is what people want to know; it’s taking pictures and sharing news.” Journalism is present in everything we do, whether it’s reading this piece or watching CNN on your morning commute.
Journalism is one of those professions that many people are unfamiliar with, but its significance cannot be understated. Journalism entails reporting on important news and information to influence public opinion, which in turn impacts world events. Many people would miss essential knowledge if journalism did not exist, and they would never know or be able to do anything about it because of ignorance.
“Whoever would overturn a nation’s liberty must begin by assessing its freedom of expression,” remarked Benjamin Franklin.
Journalism’s history is a complicated one. The newspaper was the earliest form, but it evolved throughout time and became more digital. There have been pioneers in this sector, from Nelly Bly to Johannes Gutenberg and individuals who continue to play an important role today, such as Tom Currie (Journalism professor). “Journalism simply documents what happened so you can see what’s going on or has already happened,” Currie explained.
Over time, journalists’ methods had evolved, including when they went fully digital, which opened up new possibilities such as social media platforms where people could quickly share information about any topic that piqued their interest without fear of repercussions – we’ll refer to these people as citizen journalists because many were not professionals before embarking on their careers.
Anyone can see these days that journalism has evolved in recent years. There is no need for papers nowadays when we have Facebook updates, Twitter feeds, and even Snapchat stories at our fingertips, each of which offers its distinct viewpoint on the news. “Some examples of journalism to me are CNN, Fox News Channel, various radio stations such as NPR or sports channels such as ESPN; TV shows from NBC or CBS; newspapers with stories about important events in our lives, “Carson Wolbert, an eighth-grader at Dobie Jr. High School, agreed.
The above is an excerpt from Dayne Tucker’s essay “Journalism Used to Be Just Newspapers, But Now It’s More,” which was published in February 2016: