THE UNQUANTIFIABLE INCREASE OF DIRECT TO READER ONLINE PUBLISHING OUTLETS HAS GIVEN RISE TO CITIZEN JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE TAKEN IT UPON THEMSELVES TO INFLUENCE READERS; GOOD OR BAD. THIS WRITE-UP AIMS TO UNDERSTAND THE BUSINESS IMPLICATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALISM.
I remember as a cub journalist, how my story would be read by three different editors and i would re-write and re-write with tears in my eyes before my story gets published. Until just a few years ago sources of information was more controlled and wasn’t a free-for-all terrain. Indeed the power given to individuals by digital media to be publishers comes with its own challenges most times very dangerous. There have been more than enough cases of misguided/half-baked or totally negative information which have negatively impacted the readers. This problem and more has given rise to pertinent questions from information seekers like - Who wrote what? What platform and how credible is this information?
At the recently concluded Social Media Week 2017 event in Lagos, Traditional and Social Media Journalists also known as bloggers came together as a panel of discussants to shed light agree on whether both streams are competitive or complimentary. These panelists included;
It is important to note that this is aimed at sensitizing the public on the need to be detailed about the source of information as well as provide a platform for healthy discussion on how digital media has changed the way people obtain information.
Tosin Ajibade, gives advice to bloggers.