Ognyan Seizov, visiting fellow, Comparative Media Studies and Writing, MIT
The advent of Web 2.0 was arguably the greatest game-changer for the practices, conventions, and scope of mass communication. In its aftermath, journalistic education and journalistic practice need a thorough revision in order to continue serving their socially assigned purposes.
In the wake of this sorely needed update, professional journalism finds itself facing a multitude of technical, conventional, conceptual, and societal challenges. Some of them are truly recent while others find their roots in previous stages of mass media development, but the fact remains: today’s news personnel are in a digital perfect storm, and for the first time in the history of mass media, professionals get to learn from amateurs….