WikiLeaks

Since WikiLeaks have become a major issue, leaking over 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables, there has been an ongoing discussion about the legality of what was released to the public, and how it was obtained.  Journalists and media observers are divided in their opinions about Wikilinks.  Wikipedia co-founder, Larry Sanger, refered to Wikilinks as an enemy of the american people, but Slate´s Jack Shafer praised Wikilinks for puncturing ¨the perogative of secrecy.¨   This then brings the question, is Wikilinks Journalism? or espionage?  NYU professor Jay Rosen concluded that, ¨the watchdog press died, and what we have is WikiLeaks instead.¨  In a way I agree with Jay Rosen, as people deserve to hear and know what is going on with our government, but then how much information is too much for the general public?  Should the law dictate how and what is reported, and where do you draw the line on either side?

Does WikiLeaks change the journalists role?  Although WikiLeaks was a huge break in the media world, I dont think it specifically changes the role of a journalist, the line between what is and is not reported at the moment is in a grey area.  I do think that the general importance of social media, and the internet as a whole is what is changing the job of a journalist.  This is because of multiple factors, mostly to do with the extreme accessibility of information online.  In a Nieman Journalism Lab Article called Making Sense of WikiLeaks, there was a link to an article on twitter which I found very interesting.

Why Twitter Matters for Media Organisations

1. It´s an amazing form of distribution

2. It´s where things happen first

3. As a search engine, it rivals google

4. It´s a formidable aggregation tool

5. It´s a great reporting tool

6. It´s a fantastic form of marketing

7. It´s a series of common conversations

8. It´s more diverse

9. It changes to tone of writing

10. It´s a level playing field

11. It has different news value

12. It has a long attention span

13. It creates communities

14. It changes notions of authority

15. It is an agent of change

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