Will Clickbait Be The End of Journalism?

By: Piper Warf

Clickbait is defined as content on the internet whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page. Journalism is in a crisis once again because of this, along with journalists and news casts putting out news that isn’t real, known as “Fake News.”

Examples of well-known credible sources include BBC, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as opposed to not so well known websites like Washington Examiner, Newsmax, and Tunnamed.jpgwitchy, which are all either biased, clickbait, and/or conspiracy. There is this existing Twitter account @SavedYouAClick who calls out these clickbait scams.

Newspapers are slowly shutting down all over North America and Canada, where the largest chain of newsrooms are located. Reporters and editors are concerned about why the journalism industry doesn’t get paid anymore, which is a huge problem because the result of this situation is fewer people wanting to pursue this career. This problem will then eventually lead to there being no journalism at all, unless there is some kind of change made soon.