The Future of Journalism


Future of journalism

In our most previous class we discussed the future of journalism, and the many innovations and changes that we will be able to see in the near future. One of the points that really struck me was the fact that the future of journalism will very much be a hybrid style of writing. One half of our journalistic future will be the best practices of traditional journalism, such as fairness, accuracy, storytelling, etc… However, the second half will require tools from the digital age to maintain speed, transparency, and most importantly, engagement.

As discussed in class successful journalism in the future will have a higher level of engagement and involvement. Today we use things like facebook, twitter, and interactive news sites. In the future, who knows, what will be available to use, but one thing is for certain, to keep people engaged in the news, they need a purpose to be there.  One of the problems of living in such an advanced digital age is that we are very much desensitized to most news that we read. News and Journalism is no longer as captivating to us as it once was. This doesn’t mean that journalism has become worse, simply that we as a species have evolved and changed, and so journalism too must change with its audience. Nobody really knows what the future of journalism holds, but for now we can see that it will use a combination of technology and adaptation.


Live tweeting during a murder trial


During our last class we discussed the ethics of journalism. We debated over many different scenarios, such as releasing information to the public about a person’s past history, government information, and much much more. While discussing the ins and outs of journalism, as well as the several different ethical dilemmas that one can face, we briefly touched on the question as to whether or not it’s ethical to “live tweet” a murder trial.

I personally am not a stranger to live tweeting, during the finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad my friends and I all live tweeted and then went back and compared notes about what struck out to us the most. However, to do it for a murder trial, as a journalist, is nowhere near the same thing, and definitely brings up a certain moral dilemma. One argument against it is that it bring an added level of media attention to an already tender tragedy. In 2011 a mass murderer named Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Norway, and journalists had planned to live tweet his murder trial. Murderers tend to love attention of all kinds, and by live tweeting their trial it’s giving them that attention, in a very real and interactive way.

However, while there may be some ethical wrinkles still to be ironed out, live tweeting in any form is now a way to give an extreme amount of detail to any kind of major event. Twitter has become the teletype of today, and allows us to transfer information very quickly, and to be live all the time. However, as journalists we need to ensure that we steer clear of ethical dilemmas.

William Tyndale Look at that handsome devil.


In our discussion of the beginnings of Journalism, and the spreading of the written word we mentioned William Tyndale.  As discussed in class William Tyndale was one of the many that translated the Bible into English.  We only briefly discussed him in class, but as I researched him a little bit more I found that he was a truly inspired man, who was obviously doing the Lord’s work during the time of apostasy. By translating the bible into the “middle-English” or the popular, yet highly disregarded, tongue at the time, he made the word of God accessible to everyone. Through his efforts the semi-tyrannical reign of the churches through the use of Latin/Greek to keep the masses ignorant, was effectively phased out.

Not only did this man dedicate himself to the written word, specifically the word of God, but he also gave his life for it.

William Tyndale was betrayed and turned over to the authorities, who later tied him to a post, strangled him, almost to death, and then lit his body on fire.

While the religious connections are very easy to make, especially in a BYU class. What I find most important about William Tyndale’s achievements, are how he brought one of the most important written texts to the masses. Not only did he translate the bible into a language that was considered vulgar, but he also kept the Greek, Hebrew, and Latin phrasings and contextualization as to maintain the reverent language that was intended in the Bible.  

William Tyndale was a great man, and did a lot to promote the written word.