What are the benefits of journalism? Why do we need it in our society? How does journalism make us more in tune with what’s going on around the world? These are just a few questions we’ve had to ask as the news world and the medium through which we traditionally received news has changed. More specifically, as the Internet in the last two decades has transformed the way people receive their everyday news, there has been a question of journalism and the role it plays in our society. Journalism provides us with the news we need to understand what is happening in our neighborhoods an overseas. The news presented by journalists is a “snapshot” into the lives of humans, with which we can learn from one another. In The Nieman Reports’ Essays About ‘The Elements of Journalism,’ various commentaries are made about journalism, its elements, and the position this form of communication holds today.
Editors at The Oregonian stress the verification of facts in their writers’ publications. However, they are not alone in this; in fact, journalists are expected to share content that is valid. The public expects that of journalists. Yet, this is easier said than done. With the expansion of the Internet and the amount of content produced on it, it’s become more difficult for journalists to deem what is true and what is not. Verification is the process of examining the finding, thoughts, and assumptions of the writers. Anything that sounds iffy should be marked and checked for accuracy. Journalists undergo this long process of editing and verifying for the sake of the readers. The public relies on this information daily and they want it to be accurate. Furthermore, journalists ought to be humble in their reporting and should not assume what they know and hear is always correct.
To show the respect of the readers, it is important for journalists and newsrooms to produce content that is of interest, engaging, and relevant to their consumers. Furthermore, it is crucial that they understand their audience when producing content to be seen. For example, being aware of readers’ socioeconomic status, age and race, family structure and society’s job trends and housing patterns and incorporating that into content will yield the positive feedback all newsrooms want. With the domination of the Internet, journalism is in a tough position. However, if it can continue to convince the public that it is a reliable, interesting, and valid source of information, there is a better chance that there will be steady future for journalism.