Is Traditional Journalism Still Needed?

12 Oct

Mathew Ingram refutes the claim being made by some people that media like Twitter will be able to replace traditional journalism in his article “No, Twitter Is Not a Replacement For Journalism.”  

http://gigaom.com/2011/05/29/no-twitter-is-not-a-replacement-for-journalism/

Ingram claims that in-depth investigation, which can only be done by journalists, is still necessary. Ingram also claims that the amount of information on Twitter is too great to find specific things quickly and easily. Personally, I agree with Ingram. Prior to reading the article, I was not aware that anyone thought Twitter would render traditional reporting unnecessary. Ingram’s defense of traditional journalism is well-founded. The average Twitter user does not have the resources to investigate major stories. In addition, misinformation can spread rapidly on Twitter. Ingram’s article makes a great point.

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