Technology is Changing the Work of Journalism

Photo taken by Montana Martin (Kathleen Jewby, Creative Director of Met Media, Left, Steve Haigh, Director of Met Media, Right)

The year is 2018 and people today revolve around modern technology. Journalism is a degree that has been around for a long time, through the newspaper and magazines. Now we use our smartphones to check the news in the morning and we can watch the news online.

At Metro State University(in Denver), the Met Media Director, Steve Haigh, talks about the change happening. He says “Technology basically runs what you do,” he says to kids in the Youth Journalism Camp taking place at the university, who are learning about being a journalist are working on computers to edit photos. He talks about how the Met Media Office’s main point is for students at the university “to learn and build their skills in Photoshop, for pictures, or editing videos, or working on writing deadlines,” which all can be applied to journalism and photojournalism. These technologies are making a difference in the way important things taking place in the world are communicated to people.

Although there are perks of this new opportunity for journalism, technology can cause gateways for “fake news”. Haigh says “almost everything has a kernel of truth in it but is embellished a lot of the time,” after we asked him about the bad side of having new technology involved in journalism. Magazines are often embellished to catch the eye of a reader wanting something entertaining to read about. Many websites and videos provide false information; it’s important to find a source of news you can trust because of these risks. Haigh makes a good point when he says, “Who do you trust? The people shouting at each other on cable news or the entertainment reporter?”

Journalism still makes the same stand to get people the information they want and need to know everyday. Media is an important part of life today because it spreads knowledge of events happening that will affect others. Technology gives an opportunity for this to happen and for communication amongst cities and countries and to everybody who needs to know it easier. And harder.