Disrupting Traditional Journalism: What I have learned about being a successful digital media journalist

Young Lady at the Writing Desk by Auguste de La Brely. Source: https://a.1stdibscdn.com/a_4473/1597574408992/LA_BRELY_666C_master.jpg?width=768

1. Explore original approaches

  • Although traditional news organizations were successful for centuries, their time is almost gone, with new, inventive companies like BuzzFeed gradually taking their place and stealing their readership. “BuzzFeed’s journalists think they are more attentive to audiences and more willing to experiment than those working in traditional news organizations,” Tandoc and Foo argue (2018). However, their journalistic standards remain the same, and it is the approach itself (more interactive, user-experience-oriented content) that is different. 

2. Gain Cultural Capital

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Working in and with Digital Media II – What I have learned about Self-Publishing

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Portrait of a Woman detail, ca. 1787
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1. The Digital News Industry is in Crisis!

  • “These days I find that I’m getting paid more for a sponsored tweet or Instagram post that takes less than a minute, than I do for actual journalism,” repeat many digital media journalists each year as social media platforms take over the traditional news outlets, thus forcing many people to change the initial route of the careers in the journalistic field (Spike 2017). Freelance journalists often have to deal with a “slow response rate from the editors and delayed payments,” so they have to take up other writing projects for additional income (Spike 2017).

2. However, you can still be successful!

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