Conference discusses future of media


Young journalists will have to be more adaptable than ever and learn how to “sort the news from the noise” as the quantity of online content available to consumers increases, a student-organised media conference in Dublin heard today.

Speaking to more than 200 students and media professionals in Trinity College this afternoon, Claire Wardle of Storyful, an online news gathering platform, said journalists in mainstream media institutions have to adapt an entirely new way of providing content if they are to compete with the stream of videos, photos and opinion pieces uploaded by “citizen journalists” on social networking sites.

Ms Wardle said user-generated content can add huge value to the coverage of breaking news stories, but the source of the content has to be verified if newspapers, broadcasters and online news providers are to maintain the trust of their audience.

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