Does Journalism have a bright future ahead of itself?
According to the public, professional journalism is a dying industry.
It’s got nowhere else to go.
Journalism will be overtaken by citizen journalists and keyboard warriors on Twitter, Facebook and tumblr.
This isn’t a ‘wrong’ opinion. Traditional media formats such as television, radio and newspapers are beginning to fall apart as consumers are making a move towards the internet to give them the low down on breaking news and current issues.
However it’s important to note how big legacy media industries aren’t going anywhere soon. They’re adapting to the rise of web journalism. Big news sites such as The Huffington Post, BBC, and even The New York Times are available online at the touch of a button.
When faced with whether online journalism could ever replace professional journalism as major news outlets, prospective journalists of the University of Wollongong held similar opinions.
“I don’t think it’s a concern.” Keiden Cheung, aspiring journalist with a passion for music states, “I believe we should embrace new technology. News corporations need to be flexible and creative in their methods of not necessarily replacing, but going toe-to-toe with the internet.”
Ryan Geer, a journalist hoping to pave his way into sports journalism reaffirms this opinion.
“Yeah I believe online [journalism] is the way of the future and will eventually replace traditional journalism. The internet is a lot of people’s source of information and with the growth of social media less people are using tradition journalism.”
“It already has replaced more traditional news sources,” says Riley Jones, who would love to pursue Satirical Journalism, “with many youths like myself going online for news and stories.”
With journalism students in agreement that the state of journalism will continue to be impacted by the rise of web journalism, a further concern would be if this shift could impact their chances of getting jobs in fields such an entertainment, music or sports in the future.
“I think it will in some ways,” says Cal Behrendt, a student studying both Law and Journalism at UOW. “As more and more papers go fully online, less staff will be needed to do the more traditional journalism that we know of today. Less staff means less openings which will no doubt hurt our job chances.”
“No I don’t think.” Keiden Cheung argues, “I’ve always been more inclined to work for a digital savvy company anyway, like VICE.”
“It’s all digital journalism now, everything created has an online presence. It is impossible to not be digital in today’s world.” Riley Jones remarks.
“No I’m not worried about that, lots of sports media is broadcast on television or put up online…” Ryan Geer says.
Each of these journalism students agrees that a major part of the profession is being able to accommodate for change. Particularly the rise of digital media and possibly working within digital journalism.
“I like the concept of Digital Journalism as a whole, and its something that we need to be comfortable with to work in the profession,” says Cal Behrendt, “… It might not be for everyone but it is something we all need to at least consider.”