Journalism Vs Development In Technology

The advancement of communication technology, such as the internet which has allowed quick and easy access to news and information online has potentially affected traditional media. The ability to report instantly, as well as technology convergence in gadgets that has allowed photos and videos to be spread almost immediately is something which traditional media largely lacks. Despite that, traditional media and the advance technology both aims for the same thing in journalism, which is to report and inform.

In this digital era, research has suggest that technology impacted journalism in terms of performance, content, structure and relationship of the organization and public (Pavlik, 2000). Being said, innovation is not always a threat that can’t be fixed. John V Pavlik suggested four principles that can act as a guideline for ensuring the innovation of journalism in news media continued to be viable in todays’ technology (Pavlik J. V., 2013).

Firstly, research is vital in any business. As reliability is key to news reporting, the need to evaluate all sources ensure that factual news and information are able to spread among channels especially online. Secondly, the freedom of speech must be assured. To express and devote loyally to news reporting requires the need to write freely without worrying about censorship or harassment. Thus, allowing news media to perform with ease and the public to feel valued. Thirdly, it is dedication to pursuing the truth. Often, the truth can cause organization, and sometimes government to plummet in disgrace. However, news reporting should focus on maintaining trust as that is the job of a journalist. Lastly, it is ethics. As new technology arises, boundaries should not be crossed such as hacking into phone or gadgets of individuals in the name of truthfulness. Privacy policies must be imposed to further ensure trust and confidence into the people.

The principles serves as a guideline to ensure that journalism is not lost and overpowered due to technology. Advancement only meant that the world continue to evolve to strive for effectiveness and efficiency. Thus, in journalism, reporting onto mainstream media and postings on social media is both valued and needed. What do you think?

Do you think Innovation and Journalism could co-exist peacefully?


Pavlik, J. (2000). The Impact of Technology on Journalism. Journalism Studies, 229-237.

Pavlik, J. V. (2013). Innovation and The Future Of Journalism. Digital Journalism, 181-193.


Public Sphere: The Blurred Line

The internet has always been a platform where people communicate with each other. In terms of how the media reports headlines onto their websites, to friends conversing over Facebook chat, this channel is likely a new platform where information is sent and received effectively. Over the course of years, it has affected society’s behavior in communication. In short, the public sphere and private space today is blurred due to the constant changing of discourse through the internet.

An actual public sphere, according to Habermas, is groups of only middle class males on par with aristocrats in the 18th century that comes together at a physical space to discuss about issues (McGuigan, 2005). The ideal public sphere however is of both males and females that aims for equality and freedom of expression which was not present during the 18th century. Nevertheless, a public sphere is a concept of an ideal space for the occurrence of a group of people exchanging ideas and information. In addition, the public sphere derives from private issues that moves into a public domain. With that being said, a private space is much more personal that the public sphere. However, how does one distinguish both of this evidently today when the private space has shrunk dramatically with the advancing of internet?

Looking at the case of infamous Vivian Lee and Alvin Tan (Singapore, 2012), a couple who posted pictures and videos on their nudity, came under fire with the officials. It was found that initially, these photos were for private use but was later uploaded onto their personal sites for whoever that came across. Personally, it is hard to understand how a personal matter came to light when it was meant for mere self-expression. Why did such personal matter entered the public sphere with such harsh discourse?

Everything considered, it is clear that the internet as a platform has alter the way people communicate. It has also affected how the public sphere and a private space is distinguish with the presence of the internet, which the blurred line is still unclear.

What do you think?

Can the Private Information Online Private or Has it Turn Public?


McGuigan, J. (2005). The cultural public sphere. Cultural Studies, 427-443.

Singapore, S. (2012, 11 2). Alvin And Vivian Sumptuous Erotica. Retrieved from My Fat Pocket: