Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 11 / Trend , M.Aliyev A.Badalova /
Director General of ITAR-TASS Vitaly Ignatenko believes social networks have an impact on all levels of society.
"Social journalism that recently spread provides a platform for exchange of views among people of different levels of society," Ignatenko said at the International Humanitarian Forum while discussing the topic "Social Journalism in the 21st century: everyone can become a journalist" in Baku today.
Director-General of the State News Agency AzerTaj Aslan Aslanov said that the importance of social networks is increasing in a globalizing world as a source of information. This is one of the social demands of the 21st century, he said.
Aslanov said application of high technologies is becoming increasingly important in today's journalism.
"Media traditions are completely different from the traditional journalism in the new century. Today, we face the question- what is the future of journalism associated with the Internet and social networks," he noted.
Assistant Director-General for UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector will be Janis Karklins stated that the information technology is now opening up new means of communication that were previously unknown.
Today, he said, 2 billion people worldwide use the Internet and journalism is a traditional tolls of mass information. "Today, it is very important to create a balance between traditional journalism and new forms of communication," Karklins said.