The desire to share
information with each other has always been an aspect of human nature; though
the ways people share information has changed drastically.  The topic I selected to write about is Social
Media Platforms and Journalism.  The
development of innovation keeps on altering the news coverage industry.
Televisions, computers and the web are among numerous advancements which have
fundamentally affected the way in which news is investigated, composed and
distributed.  The internet and social
media has greatly affected and changed the way journalism is practiced and the
way people receive the news today. 
Mayfield (2008) states that “social media is best understood as a group
of new kinds of online media, which share most of all of the following
characteristics: participation, openness, conversation, community, and
connectedness” (p. 5).  Social media is
quick, it’s free, and it’s constantly with you in your pocket thanks to your
smartphone.                                                                                                                          Older types
of writing constantly had some degree of holdup between the time something   happened and the time the information was
available to the consumer. For example, before televisions, the majority of
people got their news from the daily paper. This type of news-casting caused an
estimated 24-hour delay, as it needed somebody to compose the article, the
manufacturing plant required to print the document, and afterward, it will
eventually be brought to the consumer the following day for purchase. With
social media, consumers can now get news articles on their smartphones about as
quick as the writer can compose it. The use of advanced mobile phones and
social media has introduced a new age of news coverage as citizens assume a
more significant part of the news making process. With the help of platforms
such as Twitter and Facebook, people can generate and distribute their own news
stories which can often be selected by conventional news sources. Large news
establishments used to have enormous control over people as they controlled the
spread of data which they could use to manipulate the population. However, with
the introduction of social media, people can share news among themselves much
more efficiently which has prompted a decrease in the use of traditional news
media. Social media has given power back to the general population.                                                          Although some scholars
believe that social media is threatening journalism, there is sufficient evidence
suggesting it brings new opportunities that further its credibility.  Social media includes the numerous online
technology tools that enable people to communicate quickly and to share
information and resources via the internet. 
The ever-increasing popularity of social media due
to the popularization of the internet as well as the universal access to mobile
phones and handheld devices has seen social media being used for news
production by ordinary people. As a result, some scholars have been quick to
suggest that social media platforms are a threat to journalism. In this essay,
however, I argue that social media has created more opportunities.