There’s talk going around that journalism is dead. Well, print media that is. Nope, I’m not talking about the news you read on your iPad, I’m talking good-old-fashioned newspapers. It wouldn’t surprise me if YOU, savvy internet user, hadn’t heard of one before, but I assure you that your granddad would have some fond tales of paper as big as an elephant and ink made your fingers look like you’d just visited the police station.
Facetiousness aside, relatively recent changes in technology have truly enabled journalism to expand and adapt. No longer is the news a one-way conversation but rather a platform for a network of conversations. One could look at this as being the end of an era for print media especially looking at recent statistics. According to Pavlik:
“In the United States, 151 daily newspapers closed in 2011” (2013)
Numbers like these can be scary, especially for young media students like myself looking into a career in journalism. Not only this but due to the emergence of citizen journalism, concerns of the future of professionally produced content in journalism have arose. I mean, let’s be honest here, can a bunch of tweeting idiots really create news content that is parallel in quality to that of a professional journalist? Well, according to Domingo et al.’s study, it doesn’t seem to matter. Although non-professionals (aka the citizens of Earth) provide information and conversation on news and current issues, it is still the professional who edit and present our news stories meaning that “journalistic culture has remained largely unchanged” (Domingo et al. 2008).
As for the business concerns to these major changes in journalism and how we can make careers and profit from them (because let’s be honest, a few dollars would be nice), I’m not too concerned. According to Reuters Digital News Report (2013, p13), there was an increase in people who were paying for digital news from 2012 to 2013. So things are looking up for us poor media students.
Journalism isn’t dead, or dying in fact. It seems that it is in fact thriving, and will continue to thrive. We may not get paper cuts from our news now but it’s still as professional as ever.
John V. Pavlik, 2013, “Innovation And The Future Of Journalism,” Digital Journalism, 1:2, 181-193
David Domingo , Thorsten Quandt , Ari Heinonen , Steve Paulussen , Jane B. Singer & Marina Vujnovic, 2008, “Participatory Journalism Practices In The Media And Beyond,” Journalism Practice, 2:3, 326-342,
Newman, N & Levy, A.L.D 2013, Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2013, Oxford University & Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, accessed 04/04/14 <https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/fileadmin/documents/Publications/Working_Papers/Digital_News_Report_2013.pdf>