Post Industrial Journalism Report: The Conclusion

Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present written by C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell, and Clay Shirky contained information that really opened my eyes to the drastic changes that continue to occur in the world of journalism. We started off getting information first from newspapers, such as The New York Times, to getting news instantly on social media outlets, such as Twitter.

Social media titles in a wagon

According to the Tow Report, “In the 1990s, those of us thinking about the relationship between the internet and news organizations wrongly assumed that the core problem those organizations faced was understanding the future. This turned out to be a merely ancillary problem. The core problem was adapting to that future.” The fact that news organizations were not comfortable with adapting to the future of journalism was what really interested me in this article. The advanced tools and social media have become a necessity for news organizations. Social media seems to be the new way of instantly getting information, even before a news outlet receives it, which is what news organizations must have feared. This is mainly due to the fact that through social media, anyone can post “journalism worthy material.”

Old style newspaper

This report also stressed the importance of amateur journalists. Many professionals fear that amateur journalists have the ability to post information that is more valuable then what a professional posts. The best possible thing to do is to exploit these amateur journalists and use their information to publish interesting stories. An example of this was of Sohaib Athar, who live tweeted the United States raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. News organizations used these tweets to publish one of the most important stories in history. This also acts as an example of adapting to the future of journalism. It is almost like survival of the fittest. The most successful news outlets, are the ones who exploit and take advantage of the advancement of technology in journalism


One thought on “Post Industrial Journalism Report: The Conclusion

  1. As the report said, an increasingly important job for journalists will be to pull out the the accurate accounts on social media from everything else. So while there will still be amateur journalists, news organizations can maintain their name by sifting through everything for their readers. They can take eye witness accounts and use it to enhance their own stories.

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