Should technophobic, luddite journalists fear mobile journalism?

Posted: March 25, 2011 by jbro88 in Opinion
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by Joe Brothwell

Print journalists supposedly have reason to be concerned: fewer people are buying newspapers and magazines, and most information you can find faster, and for free, online via websites and blogs. Then there are those that say struggling newspapers and magazines herald the death of print journalism. See for a brief and well written summary.

However, I don’t agree. And no, not just because I’m doing an MA in Magazine Journalism, but because most people love treating themselves to a magazine. They are a little luxury, and no doubt that’s why sales have plummeted since the financial crisis, but when things begin to perk up I’m sure the Magazine business will. This period of instability is merely separating the wheat from the chaff.

In regards to whether technophobic journos should fear mobile technology the answer is relatively simple. NO – they shouldn’t fear it. YES – they should learn how to use twitter, take photos and films on their phone, blog. This doesn’t mean that everything is going to be transferred to the screen, it just means there is more chance your voice or story will reach a far greater spread of people. Learning how to use mobile technology for journalistic endeavors is easy as ‘old media’ and ‘new media’ merge into one another rather substantially.

But why should you listen to me, I’m but a lowly student, here is someone far older and far wiser, Stephen Quinn, talking about the link between old media and new media.


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