Is journalism dying?

Posted by: Heidi Walters

Photo courtesy of Esther Vargas via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Esther Vargas via Flickr

When people ask me what I’m majoring in, I tell them news/internet and politics. I usually get the response of, how are you going to get a job? Isn’t journalism a dying field? My reply to that is, journalism is not dying, it is evolving. Just like many other industries have had to evolve, journalism needs to evolve as well.

In an article on the Huffington Post by Taylor Blatchford, she gives some great advice for journalism students that she received from her journalism adviser, Mark Newton.

“He repeatedly encouraged our staff members to be good at everything and great at something, and I believe that’s what journalists will need to do in the future.”

I think that piece of advice is very important for people involved in the journalism industry and for those who are going to be apart of it in the near future. It is important to be very versatile, being able to be a reporter, editor, or photographer.

With journalism evolving, you can also see how social media is affecting that, and how it’s playing a role in it. Once social media became popular, it became common to see news outlets being on social media websites, like Facebook and Twitter.

They can now share news stories instantly. In a fast changing, fast paced world it’s good. People today want the news instantly. With social media being an outlet, it is possible for news organizations to get the news out the public instantly. But this also causes an issue with accuracy of information.

News organizations want to be the first to report on something, and that creates fast deadlines, and with fast deadlines, sometimes the information being reported on becomes inaccurate.

All in all, journalism is not dying. People will continue to need to hear about what is going on. What may be changing is how they receive that information.

How do you feel about the evolution of journalism? Do you think it’s for the better? Will we still have print, like magazines or newspapers, or will everything eventually just be online? How does social media affect all of this?

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10 responses to “Is journalism dying?

  1. I think the evolution of journalism is a good thing. I am interested in learning more about photography and videography, not only because I have to, but because I want to. Maybe I want to because I know it will be relevant in any journalism career after I graduate. I think it’s great for journalists to be well-rounded, and I see social media being a huge influence on this. If we want to share a story, we’ll tweet it. However, we might also want to include a photo to give some more background, and this would require for us to have basic skills and knowledge of photography.

    I don’t see an end of print journalism in the near future. There are always people, including myself, who like to hold their news and read it, and I don’t see this changing too quickly.

    • I am also interested in learning more photography and videography. I think it’ll be good to be so versatile in many different things. I also think that print journalism isn’t going to end in the near future. There are still a lot of people who just want to get their news from a hard copy.

  2. I am so happy you wrote about this topic, since I am also a news/internet and politics major, and I get the exact same question more often then I’d like. I’m not sure if the evolution of journalism is better, but I do believe it’s inevitable. Not that the evolution of journalism is a bad thing either, because with social media and online formats, journalism has become more accessible and easier to access and consume by a wider variety of the general public. The demand for more versatility in reporters, though, does make journalism a bit more complicated, but I believe it is worth it to sustain the distribution of news through the written, or more commonly typed word. However I have to agree with Maggie in that I personally enjoy holding a paper or magazine in my hand and physically flipping through the pages. The question of whether the amount of people who share this view will keep print journalism sustainable, on the other hand, is another question.

    • Yeah I unfortunately get asked that question way too much. I’ve learned to not let it bother me.
      The evolution of journalism is inevitable, but it comes with pros and cons. It’s nice to be able to access the news whenever, but at the same time I agree, I like being able to hold a newspaper or magazine and flip through the pages physically. I hope there are enough of people like this out there still so that we can try and keep print journalism alive throughout the evolution.

  3. I agree that journalism will evolve just like every other field in today’s world. Everything changes, new things are created and started everyday, there is not a single field of study that will not evolve. I think people just like to pick on journalism majors because of the electronic trend going on right now. What they don’t see is how the journalism field is responding to the change and that we are growing because of it. I think it is for the better, it is always better to teach more skills and to learn new ones. Having journalists be the editor, the photographer, and the writer creates a more skilled and knowledgeable staff.

    • Yeah I agree. I think the journalism field is responding to the changes very well, and the field is growing because of that. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more skills in photography, videography, and editing.

  4. I’ve really enjoyed watching the way journalism has evolved recently. There have definitely been some bumps in the road because of the knee jerk reaction to report as soon as you get a sliver of information, but overall I think it gives people a broader range of sources to get information from. I loved the quote you included. It’s more important than ever that journalists be able to do a little bit of everything.

    • It has been pretty cool watching the evolution of journalism unfolding, especially since that is the field I’ve wanted to get into ever since high school. I agree, as soon as someone gets a sliver of information, they’re wanting to report on it. I’m sure with time, there will be a better way in releasing that sliver of information more accurately.

  5. I would agree that journalism is not dead, it’s just evolving. The way that people are consuming there information is different, and it leads a lot of room for change in the journalism field. While it might be a scary time for journalism majors, I think there is also a lot of opportunity for growth

    • I completely agree. It is kind of a scary thing for journalism students, and people who are in the journalism field, but I think in the end everything will be fine. I’m nervous, but excited to learn new skills. It’ll help out in the long run.

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