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The independent’s typo, we all make mistakes!

The argument against online journalism is that it is quickly thrown together, sloppy and unedited compared with traditional print journalism. People argue over how accurate and how trustworthy some of it is. The argument can be justified however as online journalism’s main quality is that it is fast and easily accessible, therefore it lends itself to making more mistakes then is acceptable.

natasha-richardson-injury1However, page two of The Irish Independent newspaper on the 19th March o9′ let itself down when it wrote about the tragic death of Natasha Richardson. A blurb at the bottom of the page called her “Natasha Redgrave” which is actually her mother’s second name. Slight as it may be it is bad journalism and it goes to show that everyone makes mistakes and perhaps print journalists should not be so quick to criticize those who are writing articles online.


April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Patrick Kavanagh’s Blog The online opportunity to reinvent storytelling

Patrick’s blog deals with the fact that online journalism has presented us with a new medium from which to get our news. He writes that we now have audio and video to play with. This is such an advantage for people who are looking for their information as fast as possible. He says that not only can we get a news story online but we can have video and sound also. This means that people are getting more, faster. It seems that most people nowadays are too busy to pick up a newspaper and this new form of journalism can alleviate any worries about not getting your news in a day. The only thing we might worry about is that people are getting lazy when it comes to finding their news. That many are rejecting the age old tradition of picking up a newspaper and reading it cover to cover. This type of journalism may in fact do away with print altogether, perhaps we will be hearing all of our news from a piece of video in times to come. I’m not sure we  are quite ready for that yet!

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mariosa Molloy’s Blog Online journalism – recognition it deserves and same old scepticism!

Mariosa’s blog highlights the issue that online journalism has become eligible for a pulitzer prize. She writes that online journalism is producing fast “tremendous” reporting that just isnt possible with traditional journalism. Although online journalism is being celebrated in this regard, there are still some cynics that believe that online journalism does not have the same values that traditional reporters have. She writes that traditional values could be under threat with the massive growth of online news. She goes on to mention that like newspapers online reporting is bound to make a few mistakes, it is only natural. The idea that people wanting to get their news as fast as possible does not mean that there will be a loss of accuracy, she says that surely this applies to ordinary journalism also. The main point being made here is that online journalsim should not be struck down as bad journalism, we are in an age where people only want to get their information online and therefore online journalism has ann obligation to make their reporting and news stories as accurate as possible.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Keira Wilson’s Blog-Technology Wizards visit Iraq

The Blog by Keira Wilson shows us how far technology has expanded in recent times. Now technology groups are travelling to Iraq in order to “strengthen civil society and generally empower people”. We now live in an age where a knowledge of information technology is essential and is now being used in countries such as Iraq in order to inform and educate people. Keira spoke about how blogging is now being promoted all over the world so that people can share information over the internet. The main objective is to create a more “accountable society”. It is evident however that violence is still at large in Iraq and The Washington Post has a more skeptical view that the introduction of technology into a country as war torn as Iraq may be a lost cause. It appears that these efforts may be a little superficial. But still we can all agree that whether or not these efforts will be a success or not, information technology is ever expanding.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment