Posted by: Heidi Walters
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?