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In this day and age most people from developed countries have their own smartphone or computer. These are some of the technological tools that have changed journalism for good. These advancements in technology have made it easier and faster to capture, create and share content. Back in the day it was necessary to write everything out in shorthand when interviewing someone, now it is possible to record audio on many different devices such as phones and digital voice recorders. This has facilitated what once once a difficult task as it was necessary to learn shorthand to keep up with the speed of someone talking. Journalists do not usually have to worry about this now and can focus on interviewing them leading to a better piece or story. They can now also be more accurate than before because when listening to the recording they can notice extra information such as tone of voice. This can affect what is being said as it would likely be forgotten otherwise if taken down on notes and cold lead to a possible misunderstanding.
Other tools that has revolutionised journalism are the laptop and the tablet. These allow journalists to work on the go. They no longer need to go back to a desk and can work abroad or in a coffee shop at their own convenience. Writing an article as soon as the information has been processed will make it easier as it will be fresh to them. Journalists can also access any information they may need on the go via the internet, improving their articles or reporting as well as fact checking. It allows them to be more accurate and knowledgeable about the subject they are writing about as they can do additional research to back up what they are saying. However, the internet can be misleading and it is important they take into consideration their sources as not everything published on the internet is completely accurate.
New software and applications have made it possible for journalists to edit and share information with more ease than ever. Pictures and videos can be edited quickly with the likes of Photoshop and many other simpler phone apps such as Airbrush. Journalists can now be more creative than ever as there are infinite number of possibilities to create and edit original content for the world to see. It is commonly said that photographs speak a thousand words but the ability to edit photos brings up the issue of credibility as journalists and the media are manipulating images more than ever. Trust is also key and people are often sceptical about what they are viewing as it is often a distorted view of reality. This issue is further explored in my blog post “Is Photography actually a truthful representation?”