Something that I particularly love about news articles being available online is the ability for people to comment on stories.
With a hard copy of a newspaper, there is really only the ‘Letter to the Editor’ option to have your opinions heard, and only a few of those are ever published. The ability for anyone to comment on stories means that the author is able to gauge public opinion. However, online news sites have capitalised on their almost unlimited space by sponsoring online forums and comment threads on key stories, as well as introducing online polls and surveys. Many news sites also encourage readers to submit their own pictures and/or information that might be used in the news production process. This level of audience involvement in the news process is unprecedented and is a major draw card for news consumers.
Tell me – whether you are a student, journalism professional, or just someone interested in the world around you – do you like the interactive element of online media? Do you think that everybody being able to give their own personal feedback and commentary is a good thing, or does it simply make journalism less professional?