According To http://theconversation.com/ this is what news is…..
When celebrated media and communication theorist Dennis McQuail proposed in 1992 that news was a selective, socially manufactured product with the power to determine and define events, he hadn’t know about social networks. Not every occurrence is necessarily news, he wrote. His argument was built on the notion that the “gatekeepers” (who are mostly journalists and editors) decide what is news and how it should be reported and disseminated.
McQuail would be the first to admit that’s no longer the case. From Malawi to Myanmar, Chad to China, social networks’s growing influence has become a potent symbol of citizen empowerment around the world. That’s because in several areas of the world, social networks such as Facebook and twitter have become the norm for day-to-day communication, inadvertently replacing mainstream media as a source of news.
In so doing, it is not only redefining the ways news and content may be shared but it’s also forcing us to rethink the meaning and significance of “news” itself.
When citizen journalists, digital activists or any other non-professionals produce and share news on Twitter, who is going to stop them, who is going to deny them the opportunity to produce news?
With the news industry changing at such a dizzying speed, presumably as if the time has come for us to accept citizen journalists as active players current business. Indeed, teaching a student the best ways to gather, write and edit stories isn’t enough anymore. Students have to know their main competitor isn’t just a journalist from the crosstown rival newspaper but also anyone owning a smartphone.
The audience, who for several generations have largely been sleeping partners current production business, have suddenly become more active. In the past, they only purchased news content. And if they were angry after reading biased or inaccurate stories, drafting a “letter to the editor” was their only possible way of showing concern.
Today they have direct access to the editor via Twitter, they directly comment on stories anonymously and instantly, and as alternative players they produce content and share it online. They have also become a legitimate source of information for conventional journalists.