Online news is fast becoming the top news source for people everywhere. When it comes to breaking news, say good bye to the traditional local channels. Tv news might even being moving to private, start up television channels. There are, in fact, some central hubs which are beginning to clear the way for citizen journalism.
Of course, this is not to say that online TV is always of the same quality as a more traditional medium. Online news can be vulnerable to rumors and other leaks that might not prove to be true under closer inspection. Furthermore, online news can provide a lot of information that is not always authoritative and has trouble gaining access to authoritative sources.
The reason is because, when it comes to online news, people often find that politicians and other people with the keys to the kingdom are not willing to share information with those that do not have infrastructure of a major news outlet behind them. Sometimes, people will make anonymous news leaks to online news sources which will also make it more difficult for people to determine what is true and what is not.
The fact that online news sources can be used to damage the reputation of others by spreading allegations and rumors has not been lost on many people. It is for this reason that online journalists should be careful whenever they run a story to make sure that they back up all of their facts and vet them carefully. Online journalism has many advantages over traditional journalism, not the least of which is that it does not need significant funding to stay afloat and can therefore be more independent.
The real question, though, is can it get the stories. This will be a difficult issue to ascertain and it is really something that only time will be able to tell.