The new media that generates the social media makes ordinary citizen's journalists. However, and inspite of its advantages and potentials, the new media can and does compliment the traditional media in various ways. The new media development has been said to be a graduation or a further development on the traditional media of communication. For instance, the telephone was a dramatic improvement on telegraphy and telegram. Both worked together in tandem. In the same way mobile phones are an upgraded version of traditional phones. Both are still relevant and still work together to enhance human communication.
For journalists, this is a blessing. When both traditional and new media work are available working tools, they enable the journalist work efficiently, effectively and competently, thereby giving the journalist satisfactory work output.
The new media however can pose a slight threat to the workings of journalism. The threat is minimal because the new media enables the ordinary citizen to collect, collate, process and disseminate information easily. However, the professional work needs to be done by trained personnel who appreciate the ethics involved in journalism and information dissemination. The threat posed by the current new media is the same that was generated when the telephone and telegrams were invented. It was argued that they would pose a threat to journalism and news dissemination.