Marta Robles is known throughout Spain as a talented journalist and writer. The winner of many journalistic and reporting awards, her words carry some weight among those in the industry and as such she surprised many when she disclosed that the impact of social media on journalism is scary but great.
It is scary for her and other professionals because almost people can say anything on the medium and also it forces journalists to back up their work. Any article that is released onto the Internet or view that is expressed is now subject to immediate scrutiny. Interestingly she finds it both scary and great for the industry because it improves the professionalism of journalists.
She recently launched "Mass Welfare", her new digital project that talks about issues such as women's and men's health, psychology, beauty and fashion. How her website and those of others differ is that the Internet is full of amateurs in her mind while the topics addressed and articles written on her website are supported by industry professionals which she hopes will draw viewers because they will be able to trust the information.
In her interview she seemed very prepared for the changes that social media has created within the profession of journalism. She commented about how one of the biggest challenges for some journalists is to stay independent and objective especially with the impact of social media on politics where now readers can sometimes know the view of a journalist even before they write a word.
Social media has brought such an issue to the forefront and will help improve the professionalism within the industry as viewers are now more likely to challenge views and one will have to be able to support them, a prospect that Marta Robles seems well prepared for with her new magazine "MASS WELFARE".