One of the most important multimedia journalism themes is non-profit online journalism, simply referred to as ‘amateur journalism’. It is a form of journalism that can be written by anybody, regardless of their standing within the field of journalism, if someone wants to write a news story for others to read online they can do so, but they can expect to not receive any money for it. Even popular and well-known news providers such as the BBC or Fox News do this, and although they might require a subscription to read certain stories, almost one hundred percent of the content on their sites is free.
Non-profit online journalism doesn’t just mean news stories consisting of text and pictures, it also includes video. An example of this is the 11 hour filibuster which was streamed live for anyone to watch, that Senator Wendy Davis held as part of her debate on a abortion bill, ending with it being vetoed. The stream had over 180,000 people watching it, lending their own opinions to the topic and making the story even more popular than it already was.
It’s a very important part of journalism, in that without it journalism would struggle today in a world where everyone can communicate with each other in seconds and share news with ease at no cost. This brand of journalism is also willing to cover any type of story, including the ones that the more popular ones would ignore.
In a world where everyone has at least one electronic device that they use on a daily basis, such as a phone, you’d think that we wouldn’t be bothered by the fact that our governments are spying on us but it is in fact quite the opposite.
Despite the fact that the average person is frequently posting updates about or selfies of themselves, letting their friends, family and people they’ve never met know about almost every aspect of their lives, people still freak out when they’re told that the government is monitoring their every action on the web and knows everything about them. An understandable fear of course, considering the fact that data is never truly deleted from the internet and that anyone with the technical know-how can easily access your various online accounts and find out what they want to know about you.
Even more frightening when you consider that it’s the government who are the main culprits behind these acts, claiming that it’s for our ‘safety’. It’s eerily similar to George Orwell’s classic 1984, but at least we don’t have to worry about being imprisoned and put in a room with our greatest fears until we snap and agree to behave before being shoved back into the open world.
Or do we?