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With the advent of new technologies, information between the two furthest ends of the globe is seconds away, and journalism should've been a sector gaining maximum advantage. And it did. But only the 'what' basket. To know something, people no longer had to rely on journalistic resources. Everything was now just an algorithm or a click away. Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc came inand hence the 'what' bucket saw nothing a strong decline in terms of reader appeal. And consequently, the 'now what' and 'so what' saw a sharp increase in terms of reader undivided attention.
I was reading day before yesterday's headlines in a national daily, and the second paragraph focussed on how this particular daily published it before it's competitors did. Scanning through news channels on Television, one can notice, how more emphasis is given to the fact that one channel broadcasted it on prime time before the others.
These are just two instances from two very different forms of journalism, print and broadcast, which have independently converged to placing themselves before the news they print or broadcast.
Shifting to yet another form which is sadly but exponentially gaining popularity is, fake journalism. To give a few instances, shortly after Prime Minister Modi announced demonetisation in the country, several messages stating that the new notes would have a nano-GPS chip went viral. To give another examples, there are photoshopped documents circulated with the PM's signature, photos involving leaders endorsing political figures. Whatsapp is easiest medium to circulate these 'fake news' articles. And it is becoming increasingly difficult for any individual to distinguish between the real and the fake news flash.
In it's true essence, journalism means putting unbiased news before the public, so that the public themselves can form opinions and views. Today, instead of delivering impartial facts to the reader or viewers, opinions are now fed into the common man's minds. But that is exactly what they desire. The moment they know a piece of fact, they want analysis. Journalism is maybe not dying, or maybe will never die, but is constantly evolving. And today it has evolved into something which is different than it's original meaning.