“Where is Journalism heading?”
“Will print journalism still be around when I graduate?”
“Why am I spending so much money on a degree that could eventfully…not give me a job?”
These are just SOME of the questions that are asked every day, by lecturers, students, your parents (They don’t want a waster for a child), and journalists in the field already. The problem is, the answer is point-blank “I don’t know!”
The problem with journalism isn’t to do with the journalists themselves, it’s to do with how society is changing, and how people interact much more differently than they did 10 years ago. We need to stop asking questions and actually act on the situation. For god’s sake, we ARE the future of journalism. Instead of sitting on our backsides and moaning about how we’re going to be skint and miserable while bloggers are out there making money because they know a little thing called ‘modern society’, we need to catch up too. Scrap that, instead of catching up, we need to overtake and invent different ways to give news, because let’s face it, the system right now isn’t working as well as it used to.
If people aren’t interested in reading a newspaper, then we have to alter our ways. If news is customised to what they want to read in a form that they will read it, then it needs to be done. Yeah you might have to collaborate with Sony, and get PS3’s to update news in order for the millions of COD players to actually know what’s going on in the outside world, but if they’re tuning in, sweet! Changes in Journalism don’t have to be a negative thing. I think the future of Journalism is exciting, and will make news exciting. My little brother has never picked a newspaper up in his life, but he knew about the crisis in Egypt. How? Because he read it on Facebook, and saw it on YouTube.
It’s time for change, and we are the ones who are going to enforce it. So stop asking what the future is, and do something about it. Don’t let Facebook and YouTube take journalism away from us, learn from them and make something better, because we know what we’re doing, and frankly we CAN do it much better.
For more information about blogging, and the future of Journalism, check out The Huffington Post and its founder, Arianna Huffington.