Discuss your view of the future of journalism.
Probably during the later years of high school, I made the decision that I wanted to spend the remainder of my education concentrating on becoming a journalist. I enjoyed writing and reporting, and actively participated in extracurricular activities that honed my skills as a writer. I was not naïve to changes that were occurring within the profession. Everyone has heard for years how the print medium has been slow to adapt to the changes of the Internet, with many print publications such as magazines and newspapers ending their multiple decade long runs. According to the article “A Terrible Year for Newspapers, a Good Year for News,” newspaper sales have been in a steady decline for years, and more importantly ad revenue, the single thing that keeps many papers in publication, has supposedly fallen by 55 percent. This isn’t unusual, but it is alarming for any prospective student pursing an education in journalism.
Now, it’s time to discuss the future of journalism, and more importantly, the specific mediums within journalism that are currently growing. Journalism has become reliant on one thing, and that one thing is the advancement of technologies. The most important of these technologies is Internet and social media sites. In the video “The Rise of the Reader: Journalism in the Age of the Open Web,” Katherine Viner, editor-in chief of The Guardian, talks about the changes occurring within the newspaper business and how the process of obtaining information has gone from fixed (newspapers) to free flowing (online sources/articles etc.).
“A newspaper is complete,” Viner said. “It is finished, sure of itself, certain. By contrast, digital news is constantly updated, improved upon, changed, moved, developed, an ongoing conversation and collaboration. It is living, evolving, limitless and relentless.”
The quote defines what the print medium and the online medium are today. A printed newspaper that has been published exists as it is. It cannot be changed or updated once it has been released. Only another publication can explain or update facts at a later date. An online source can be updated and easily changed. It is because of the online resource’s ability to change constantly that make it a superior medium in terms of receiving potential updates to a story that is important to people.
What role do you think data and programming will play and how should journalism schools adapt?
According to the article “Guardian – Data Journalism: What It Is and How Do We Do It?,” data journalism is that is shared and distributed among online platforms. Data journalism has played a role in the way people obtain their information. Whether it’s from Google, Wikipedia or other sources, data journalism has proved that journalism no longer exist as the sole source of obtaining information on stories occurring in the world. The role of data journalism will only make newspapers and magazines struggle even more to stay relevant in a digital age.
Finally, journalism schools and students should adapt to these changes by understanding the world of the Internet and how it continues to shape the journalism profession. In the reading “The Programmer Majored in English,” the author beings up the value of learning online programming and coding. As stated by Cindy Royal in the reading, coding, programming and digital journalism can all be practiced together in order to create user interaction and engagement with others. It
And it can be practiced in such a way that it can create interaction, user engagement, and more information in terms of seeking the truth.