Globally, there has been an explosion in news source websites that aim to provide readers with around-the-clock information. However, much of the information being shared is the same information being regurgitated across the internet. Fewer and fewer news sources are actually going out and sourcing their own stories.
The decrease in actual journalism steps from the difference in expense and practice between the two options. While journalism requires trained professionals and numerous travel and research related expenses, spinning the information that is already available requires little more than someone with strong research skills.
While financially, this works out for many, the readers are the ones that suffer by being providing with watered down information.
This decreases the overall knowledge and understanding that readers have about what is really going on in the world. Many news sources are now offering more commentary on the news than actual news, and that is increasing almost daily. Several big names in journalism have left their established positions at reputable news courses to pursue new online ventures.
Ezra Klein, formerly of the Washington Post, is one of them. According to Klein:
“Today, we are better than ever at telling people what’s happening, but not nearly good enough at giving them the crucial contextual information necessary to understand what’s happened.”
Based on this statement, it seems logical that his new venture being funded by online publisher Vox Media is going to be yet another online source for commentary which is more cost effective than actual journalism, but receives the equal amount of clicks and pageviews.