Why Journalism Matters
Since the explosive popularity of social media and other information outlets on the Internet, reliability has become a scarce resource. It is fascinating that these new technologies give everyone a voice, however, those voices can drown out sources of dependable, good information. This is where journalism comes in. Journalism gives us a source of new content that is genuine and reliable. Although social media like Twitter and Facebook can sometimes spread information faster than conventional journalism, it does not have the trustworthiness that journalism provides.
As mentioned in class, there are a number of functions journalism serves. I will only focus on one part though. I consider journalism’s contribution to democracy to be one of the most important functions it serves. As we all know, there is a huge barrier between the average citizen and the renowned politician. In addition, a typical citizen does not have the time or resources to keep up with every event happening within the government. Even if the average American could somehow get a peek into what is happening within the government, it is not certain they would understand the complicated politics occurring. Thankfully, journalism can solve these problems.
Journalism simplifies the events happening within our government into a summarized, understandable format. Journalism can also give us background on new policymakers and other information about them so that we may learn about our politicians. Most people do not have an intimate understanding of how politics work. This is another problem that journalism solves, it can explain how the government works in an understandable, coherent manner to the uninformed citizen. If it wasn’t for journalism, the American public would be blind to anything happening within the political world. If that were the case, I’m not sure if you could call our government a democracy.