Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Pros and Cons of Social Media for the Journalism Field

The Pros and Cons of Social Media for the Journalism Field
Today, everybody seems to be tuned into social media, through their computers or mobile phones. Everybody seems to commending social media for its various uses. But what can the flipside be? Here we will talk about the pros and cons of social media.

Pros of Social Media

Although a lot of people say that social media is killing our psyche, it is however in fact working wonders in a number of fields including journalism. It opens new windows for new opportunities in every field. The most important aspect of social media is that it is easy to access and made specifically for the audience.

Getting the latest news on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter is easy now. However, it can work wonders for journalism in many different ways. Blogging is a reliable source nowadays. Blogs are probably the fastest way of spreading news and can do so even before a reporter published or broadcasts a story.


Twitter is another great way of spreading news. In the latest Japan disaster, Twitter feeds were being used to coordinate relief efforts.

The Cons of Social Media

The Internet provides us with opportunities to interact with people across the world, who we would otherwise never be able to physically meet or chat with.

The Internet has made it possible for a number of clubs, organizations and relationships to develop, where individuals meet and interact with each other or even conduct business online without having to meet each other in person.

Sure this can be beneficial, but what we all seem to ignore is the fact that we are all losing the ability of communicating face-to-face! Physically meeting and interacting with people is now a thing of the past. Is virtual communication slowly overshadowing physical interaction?

As far as journalism is concerned, can social media be considered as a boon or bane?

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