Transforming the Gathering, Editing and Distribution of News

Pisani, Francis
September 2005
Nieman Reports;Fall2005, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p53
This article discusses the impact of technology on journalism. While some journalists still seem to be wondering how best to limit the impact of information technology on their craft, the issues at stake are already dealing with other dimensions of the changes these tools have brought. The situation in journalism seems to be following an old pattern from an earlier conflict between those who wanted computers to substitute for what humans do and those who wanted them used to augment our capacities. Some easy-to-access devices like Web sites provide tools for an emerging social phenomenon often referred to as citizen journalism, in which people who have not received any journalism training contribute to news coverage by supplying stories and commentary either with words or images.


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