With the development of new technology, journalism is changing rapidly day by day. No longer do we sit down and read a copy of the newspaper, instead, we are able to read news articles on our iPhone, IPad, and laptop. The trend of digital journalism is obvious and evident- even the Pulitzer award recognizes the great influence of digital journalism this year.
The article Pulitzer Honors Digital Journalism from the Harvard Crimson calls to attention of this year's Pulitzer Prize. Online news organizations such as the Huffington Post and Politico won the awards. This is a big deal for journalists around the world as Pulitzer is considered as the “Oscar of journalism industry”. The article argues that the Huffington Post and Politico are awarded not necessarily for their way of presenting news but instead of their contents which in close look are still quite conservative.
This year's Pulitzer Prize may give great comfort and hope to digital journalists, but many still raise doubts about digital journalism and its capability of reporting quality news. Digital journalism often takes advantage of social media such as Tweeter, Facebook, and online blogs to gather information. As the article mentioned, the Huffington Post has often receive criticism for over-using social media outlets as a news source.
The question here is are we willing to sacrifice efficiency for quality journalism? Digital journalism is no doubt becoming the trend right now. However, are we getting quality news online? This question remains ambiguous but at the mean time let's celebrate what digital journalism has brought to us.