Traditional journalism is struggling to reshape itself as the variety of alternative media - blogs, twitter, etc - create more populist and often less professional forums.
Indeed, ever since the web was made available to the public, traditional journalism has been struggling to integrate the newsroom with online operations, but at the same time without lowering standards of reporting and verifying information.
In traditional journalism, the press being the fourth estate has the responsibility to be a watchdog for its readers, to assess the situation in the world and translate it truthfully to them. However, in today's context, due to the web and social media allowing citizens to express their views freely, a journalist could be anyone and they may not be trained with these values or principles.
Although citizens who express themselves through writing on the web are now called citizen journalists, it is argued that journalism should only be practiced by trained journalists.
Their work should go through the standard editing process, and it should be presented to the audience with little indication as to how the reporter feels about the information. This is rarely seen on the web as the web encourages anyone and every to give their opinion freely.
Imagine a newspaper where news items are decided by the contributions of readers. And the reporters or journalists could or were expected to let their attitude show in their reports, or give their point of view. And anyone listening or watching the news could respond by disagreeing with the reporter, correcting information, or giving another point of view. To some, this would not be much of a newspaper, and it would not be journalism. It is argued that responses of the members of the audience should be confined to phone calls to reporters and letters to the...