Six growing pains every journalism pioneer will recognise | by Adam Thomas  | European Journalism Centre | Medium

The development and acceleration of technology provides various facilities that are very indulgent to almost all citizens of the world, including the Indonesian people, so the influence has significantly changed the journalism model as if it has left old theories as well as new theories or studies of new models.

All old models are increasingly being eroded, inevitably following the times, because technology has forced the public to change their perspective, activities, including how to consume media. Be there or be behind?

The emergence of digital media is the beginning of a fundamental change in the world of journalism, because journalists are required to be able to develop various new formats.

As the world moves forward, independent Professional Journalism is becoming more important than ever in helping society understand the enormous challenges and opportunities it faces from everyday events to the most complex global problems.


Collaboration in journalistic work and not seeing other media as competitors is one way to find strength in producing complex news, such as in investigative coverage. This shows that journalists are no longer concerned with the journalism of the past.

The absence of independent characteristics in providing accurate information, analysis and interpretation has made the public increasingly dependent on sources and rumors circulating online and offline.

The community can easily be exposed to hoaxes from the fast flow of information, because there is no gatekeeper to regulate it.

In the digital era, the flood of information hampers the function of journalism and journalism activities are considered irrelevant.

In fact, journalism must adapt to this all-digital era through big data which provides benefits for the development of data journalism.


The use of Big Data in journalism is very important, because it will make writing more detailed, interesting and credible if accompanied by the use and analysis of in-depth data.

It is capable of providing the public with relevant information and informed decision making.

For example, the Panama Papers, which took the world by storm in April 2016 with millions of financial documents from a Panamanian law firm which leaked to the public and revealed how the corruption and tax crime network of heads of state, secret agents, celebrities and fugitives, is hidden in a tax havens paradise.

Medcom.Id said that Big Data in the digital era is very much needed by any industry, including the media, so that the industry can continue to provide public services, stimulate development, provide credible information, and are always ready to face existing business challenges.

According to Paul Bradshaw, Big Data discusses:

  • Geo (Earth),
  • Semantic Website,
  • Social Graphics,
  • Behavior,

Augmented Reality, an interactive media type that displays a visual, sound or text display from a computer based on a display environment to optimize the user experience.

Therefore, the ability to adapt in collaboration with many people who have different backgrounds and proficiency in operating big data is a plus for those of you who want to become good Future Journalists. The results of new forms of journalism, such as digital, mobile and visual, are very useful for future journalism to come.