“Digital First means different priorities and processes for journalists.”
This quote, posted by Steve Buttry in the blog I linked to above, seems to be the simplest, all-encompassing definition for digital journalism.
According to Buttry, digital journalism is more than just shooting video. It’s about using multiple digital platforms, taking risks, using new tools, and engaging the community.
What does all of this mean?
A reporter may use twitter as her notebook throughout the day or as a way to update her community about current events and/or breaking news. Thoughts, ideas, and updates can be sent and received via text messaging, emails, Facebook, etc.
Digital journalism is about much more than seeing a video on the news. It’s about a journalist engrossing his or herself in the craft, using every digital medium possible in order to pursue quick, accurate reporting.
The digital world is all around us, and its use is steadily increasing in our lives. Every where you look, people are text messaging, tweeting, posting, commenting, the list goes on and on. Everyone feels the utmost need to not only spread their own opinions and gain followers in order to get their thoughts and ideas into the world, but to engage themselves in the stories and ideas of others. It’s a way of collaborating, bringing ideas to life, speaking with people who you normally would never meet, and making your mark on the world.
At least, that’s the idea.
As the digital world rapidly evolves, so do our ways of processing and passing on information. They even have stick-on “tattoos” now that vibrate when you get a text or phone call, so you’re literally always connected (yes, I’m serious. Nokia is patenting them. Google it).
I can’t help but feel that the world of journalism is switching over to digital journalism not so much out of wanting to “fit in” anymore, but out of necessity. Newspaper subscriptions are always decreasing. The future of journalism is digital journalism simply because it has to be. Traditional newsrooms can reform, even though it may be difficult especially when some veterans of the craft can be stuck in their ways and resistant to change. However, in order for journalism to survive in the new world, new world mediums need to be adapted to and readily used. If newsrooms aren’t using the mediums that their audiences prefer, then newsrooms no longer have an audience.