While thinking of convergence in terms of the media,
of The Independent’s print section came straight to my mind. The flow of news content to either news websites or social media platforms- contribute a constant change in today’s journalism industry and in the role of the individual journalist.
The shift towards the online platforms is being expressed by the rise of ‘instantaneous news’, as news today are expected to run in a regular stream, in various outlets, and perhaps with less in-depth content. The growing desire for instant news coupled with the increasing use of social media has meant that there is a need for journalists to be multi-skilled or have expertise or knowledge in more than one media platform.
The audience, on the other hand, suddenly doesn’t have to be as active to consume news, as eventually the news will get us. However, when the user decides to actively participate- in today’s journalism form- he will have much more power to account.
As a fan of the old-fashion newspapers, I find this evolution as another loss of the romance to the industry. How
ever, maybe just like the Kindle, it’s just about time, until the shift will just make news more popular, and more suitable to our society’s nature.