How long can you go without checking your smartphone? If you’re anything like us, the answer to that is not something you’re likely to admit.
The devices that sit in our pockets give us access to a wealth of information, including breaking news within minutes of it happening.
This has intrinsically changed our relationship to the news, much like the advent of 24-hour rolling news channels.
And now a new exhibition at the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar is set to explore exactly that.
Breaking News? How the Smartphone Changed Journalism, which will run from September 13 until December 19, will examine its effects on the industry as both a catalyst and a cause, a blessing and a curse.
Writing about the exhibition, the organisers said, “Today, the smartphone has been embraced by, and is a witness to, a new age of journalism.
“The device has had a profound impact on the way we access and interact with information, as well as how it can be generated and disseminated worldwide.
“With a rapidly evolving media landscape, the digital era is revolutionising the production, distribution and consumption of news.
“By doing so it continues to disrupt and transform how journalism operates as an industry, is taught as a discipline, and perceived as a public institution.”
The exhibition will explore how journalism operates in the modern age, how it is taught, and how it is perceived as a public institution.
You can check out the exhibition by booking a private visit in September and October.
Sept 13-Dec 19. The Media Majlis, Northwestern University, Education City (4454 5000).