I have been reading a collection of essays and sociological research papers on trends in journalism. The authors of this collection specifically raise questions about claims of objectivity and weigh the validity of allowing or admitting subjectivity in news reporting.
Generally, they agree that objectivity never was. Established news media, state and corporate, have claimed and striven for objectivity but, naturally, select topics and sources, and colour news with opinion, overtly or not. They were to be unquestioned for being professional and knowledgable. However, history shows that the news media was first created to put forward views of specific powerful interests. Some facts were ignored and others picked and artificially lined up to suit those interests. Editorializing could/ can be construed as truth.
With the technologies of today and the skepticism about political and corporate for-profit institutions and representation, citizen journalism has been growing. Not only do citizen journalists challenge claims in the mainstream media, they report and discuss news. They have become so influential, that investigating and reportage have changed. Conversational treatment of news is the trend.
This is learning and deciding on truth through argument. Someone reports some fact either on a new item or on one raised by the mainstream media. Others answer, often inserting other facts to support their opinions or presenting the facts from a different angle. People involved in news stories can speak up this way, lending more awareness and insight. The opportunity for casting opinion and opposing other voices has thus increased, but also a validation process that checks news reporting and exposes powers at play, deception, distortions and campaigning, for example. The public ends up with a rounder picture of what is going on and public opinion can alter and flow further. THis way, systematic exposure of untrustworthy politicians, crimes, dubious financial ploys, recounting of history and such take place, sometimes quite rapidaly and affecting systematic change.
Overall, these trends of citizen journalism and a conversational approach to news reporting is healthy and positive.