Everyone but journalists thinks journalism is a dying profession.
As journalism students, we are asked why we chose to pursue a dying profession. The answer ranges from incredulity at our profession’s demise or a proud martyr mentality: “Because it’s important.”
Today we visited WNET, a prominent public broadcaster in New York City. We met with the senior director of communications, who said journalism is not dead or dying, but changing and expanding into new platforms.
This led me to wonder whether journalism as a profession is dying both physically and conceptually.
Physically, according to Pew Research Center, the newspaper sector fell seven percent in 2015. Newspaper employment had 10% declines in 2014, more than every other year since 2009. In that way, one could say journalism is dying.
Conceptually, journalism is in a reinvention period. With the influx of technology inundating our society and integrating it into every sphere of existence, journalism is coming to a point where it may be unrecognizable from its original intentions. Growing and changing in form and impetus, journalism is not what it used to be.
Regardless of supposed physical or conceptual death, I believe journalism is a phoenix. Although it may ebb and flow and die, it always returns. The world may look at our careers as a pile of ashes, ineffectual and insignificant.