Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you have heard about the death of print media. Many people, not just journalists, are concerned about how they will obtain the news in the future if hard copies fail.
As Journalism majors, we hear about this all the time; from our professors, our families, our friends, our classmates, and random people we meet in subways and at bus stops. Is it in the distance or is it part of the near future? Should it be a major concern of college students in the present? How does it affect your choice of majors when entering college and thinking about a future career?
I understand that print media is declining in sales due to all the new technology created and consumed in our present-day world. However, we’re also told as Journalism students that the public will always have a need to know what is going on in the world. We know that news will always have a market. Don’t we also know that print media will always have a market as well, even if it’s a smaller market? There are people who don’t understand the new technology and prefer not to adapt to new things. Even when the elders of this generation are gone, and the next generation has arrived, we (the students) will be the new elders and there will be a new technology that we don’t understand. We will be like this generation. Half of us will try to adapt and stay updated. The other half of us will prefer the old ways (by then the old ways will probably be Twitter and Facebook) and think the new technology is too complicated.
Please feel free to agree or argue and explain your reasoning. I like to hear new points of view I’ve never heard before, and to debate them back and forth.
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