The Impact of the New Technologies on the Journalist's Status and on Mass Communication Education


Tudor Vlad and Lee B. Becker


The broad field of journalism and mass communication has been affected in recent years by two powerful forces: the economic crisis and the new technologies. For almost two centuries, the legitimacy of the occupation of journalist had been a result of the printing and distribution of the journalists' products via mass media. The occupation of journalist had been legitimized through the media organization that the individual worked for or contributed to. Now, the new technologies have changed this situation and are challenging the status of professional journalists. This paper discusses how the emergence of new communicators, such as citizen journalists, bloggers and community journalists, has the potential to impact professionalization in the field of journalism.

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