Digital divide in Journalism

 

A digital divide is an economic inequality between different groups of people, when being able to access the use of knowledge on the Internet and communication technologies differs. The digital divide within every country varies on wealth of population, but the digital divide can be found almost everywhere in the world. Some are more privileged than others to be able to access the Internet and a variety of different sources of information and communication. Businesses, households, individuals and location cause digital separation globally. Location of individuals remains a major factor in eligibility to access such information, although most countries are capable of grasping informational and communicational technologies, money becomes a vital circumstance in the digital divide. Also the global divide in technology can be explained by the gap between developed and developing countries on a international scale. Economic inequality is also known as the gap between wealth, the term usually refers to the disparity between groups and individuals of society, as well as international inequality.

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In my profession as a journalist, digital technology is crucial in aspects of globalizing information. As well as accessing information and being able communicate with others internationally. The digital divide in the journalism industry is a rather large portion, considering the wealth of every country varies. Every country has journalism attributes but the money to support the industry can cause absence in productions, as well as scarce resources needed to accommodate the needs of journalism. Journalism culture is often defined, as being a “shared occupational ideology among news workers”, which indicates the culture of journalism should be capable of extending journalistic information and knowledge globally. The digital divide within different nations is a particular issue that causes the difference in production. Funding is the most valuable aspect of journalism, to journalize and globalize information, money is vital to able to acquire the necessary resources and materials to publicize and communicate the knowledge one has. Journalism around the world has similar goals but different methods of achieving them, for example: Australia and America are both countries that heavily rely on the news to gather information for individual knowledge as well as being able to spread that knowledge into other regions of the world. However some countries around the globe are unable to spread methods of communication and information due to the lack of funding. There are major wealth gaps between certain countries. This establishes the difficulties in spreading information and causes isolation for some. Not all digital divides are caused by nations, in many cases the gap is distilled within one nation. This causes journalism to be interfered with because money and other resources are necessary to publicize information. The gap between the rich and poor is vastly increasing but with the development of advancing technology available every year, it becomes eligible for the rich and the poor must settle for the older technologies. This indicates that the spread of knowledge and newer methods of communication can’t be equivalent between both the rich and poor. The use of cellular devices and tablets that we are privileged enough to purchase and enable to our work environments, have further matured our means of globalizing our knowledge. As for the poorer individuals and nations, the gap causes a lack of competency to spread information and knowledge.

 

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Digital divide – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_divide

Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty, and the Internet … – Pippa Norris – Google Books. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en&lr=&id=wfNPdyiwbYQC&oi=fnd&pg=PP11&dq=digital+divide+in+journalism&ots=gykM8hmVcS&sig=Q3wX5TaW7PAaGKIzAE6zOODyDgs#v=onepage&q=digital%20divide%20in%20journalism&f=false



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