Journalism is a different beast to what it was ten years ago according to the Editor of one of Britain’s most popular Sunday newspapers.
The Editor of ‘The Observer’ John Mulholland spoke to students and staff in Dublin City University about the changing face of journalism and introduced them to ‘New Ways of Telling Stories’.
Mulholland was a former student of the college and spoke passionately about the move to mobile and how digital is affecting communications.
‘Journalism needs to be open and if The Guardian had a paywall, Snowden wouldn’t have come to them to break to the NSA files story’ he said.
‘Paywalls don’t work, with them, you are keeping yourself out of cultural movement’.
‘We should not mourn the passing of news print’ he added, stating that stories such as the NSA story are at the peak of how these stories can be told.
He spoke about engagement, and the importance of the readers. The Observer and The Guardian are always using their readers to supplement their journalism and it would be “insane” not to use them, Mulholland said.
He noted the importance of verification and making use of social media. He said that anyone can share a story using twitter and the likes, but they are not correct all the time.
As a journalist within a news organisation, it’s your duty to ‘verify, curate and make sense of the world’ for your readers, and for this to happen, all your information needs to be correct.