Newsweek’s probable transition into a digital proprietary shed it’s dreary light yesterday. Most think it’s the next step into a new era of technology. Others believe it’s one step closer to the end of professional journalism. Is convenience worth heavily biased news?
If you have an iPad, you’ve probably come across an app that allows you to read digital versions of popular magazines. We now have the option to pay for a physical copy or purchase the digital version for, you know, convenience. Not only does the magazine get more cash, but the reporters and writers receive financial support never seen until now. What will happened when there’s only one format and it’s digital?
Let’s take a look at Newsweek. Portions of the subscription profits go to the reporters. The money is then used to report and investigate. Once the transition from paper to digital occurs, their only source of income will be from the internet subscribers. And let’s be honest, who’s going to pay monthly for news when it’s so accessibly free? This right here will change the entire industry of journalism. You see, once more newspapers drop the physical format — they’re going to need a reason for us to subscribe to other than news. What better way to get people’s money than opinionated pieces? Heck, it works for us!
I’m not a journalist. I didn’t go to journalism school. Yet, here I am. Writing, reporting, journalizing an opinionated news piece that will probably get several thousand hits. The fine line between blogger and journalist will become so blurred that it’ll combine into one sentient being. Blournist? Jouggler? Bourggler?
The future is grim.