WikiLeaks is an entity that has only recently been thrust into the public eye, but it has gained notoriety rapidly. “It has cracked open governments and corporations without apparent repercussions because it has no headquarters, no printing press…in that sense, WikiLeaks is of the internet.”
But what has WikiLeaks done for journalism? Is a more accurate question, what has WikiLeaks done to harm journalism. I think it has done much to change the face of journalism, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The readings stress that WikiLeaks has opened up a previously closed door to journalists, but WikiLeaks needs respected journalist, also. WikiLeaks has transformed news, but needs news organizations to gain credibility for their website.
This lead to a bargain where WikiLeaks granted journalists information that the average public was not privy to, on the grounds that they kept it quiet until WikiLeaks published it on their site. As the article states: “In striking that bargain, those news organizations found themselves not as gatekeepers of information, but as guest with VIP access.” This image really struck me, because it is such a shift in how news organizations have been viewed in the past. Traditionally, it is news media that have been the gatekeepers for this information; however, as time has passed, they have become more reliant on sites like WikiLeaks to provide them with relevant, breaking news.