Journalism is changing. It has been. Magazines are folding. Newspapers are dying. And journalists are starting to sweat. Old news.
Some people believe things are beginning to stabilize, but we are in the midst of a revolution. No doubt about it.
As journalists attempt to embrace new responsibilities and stretch themselves into different roles, many are still groaning and only looking at the small picture. Others, like Philip Trippenbach, are remembering that journalists must be flexible.
In his 2008 blog, Trippenbach talks about the role of journalists changing from “messengers to sense-makers.” What a powerful and true statement. Yet a year later, some people still don’t get it. Although the rate of change has begun to slow, things will not going to change back—meaning either step up or get out of the way!
Here are some things journalists can do:
1. Stay true to the roots of journalism—remember why we do it.
2. Write what you believe, and believe what you write.
3. Don’t be afraid of change. It can be your friend.
4. Be versatile. News writers write short-term, while magazine writers write long-term. Be able to do both.
5. Think ahead or we may all end up like the newspaper industry.
6. Take a stand.
7. Take the time to learn something new whenever you can. It will make you more valuable than you will ever know.
8. Be flexible.
Food for thought:
Will or have the changes in the world of journalism alter the way you write? Why or why not?