Journalism and Convergence

Carolyne M. Lunga


The internet’s influence on the production and consumption of news has brought about revolutionary changes in the field of journalism. The people previously known as the audiences are now actively involved in creating and disseminating news via online news sites and websites. This increase in players has both positive and negative consequences for democracy.

This paper provides an overview of the positive and negative changes that have come about due to convergence. Through an observation of what is happening on various online sites and journalists’ everyday experiences, the paper offers an analysis of the impact globally. On a positive side, for example, citizens are engaging in conversations online with journalists and also with each other on various social platforms on issues that matter to them. The internet is applauded for promoting the number of voices online and freedom of expression. On a negative side, citizens bemoan the rise in fake news and disinformation which is harmful for democracy and is discrediting journalism. Journalism is fundamental as it influences society’s worldview. It thus becomes paramount for media houses and society to be more digital literate so as to distinguish between “real” and “fake” news in order to make more informed decisions.

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