Photos of journalists enthusiastically running and racing after attending the trial of Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, attracted my attention. They were running as if they’re in a marathon in order to inform their newsrooms of the news and publish it since cellular phones were prohibited inside the court.
This scene brings up an old renewed question about the role of “traditional” journalism compared with the so-called individual journalism on social media networks. Who defeated who?
Activists on Twitter, Facebook and other similar networks brag that they’re the fastest and the “most graceful” in hunting news and making scoops in search for more followers and enlarging and fattening their social media accounts to then sell this “fat” to advertisers or rather to governmental and semi-governmental parties.
Who is the party with the trusted news? Some individual no matter how “good” he is or a registered media institution governed by laws and that has a board of directors and a general assembly and perhaps stocks in the stock exchange?Mashari Althaydi