Journalism: The Phoenix 

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.

 

 

 

 

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  1. #1 by itsrachelrogers on January 23, 2017 - 4:57 am

    Many of the organizations were very positive about the future of journalism but Pew Research was not. Looking at journalism trends Pew Research polled for discouraged me. The data shows that less jobs are available and that demand for traditional news is declining. Every other organzation we visited felt much more optmiistic. There are jobs, but they seem to look different than traditional journalism jobs and that is encouraging as we enter the field.

  2. #2 by peterwritessite on January 24, 2017 - 12:21 am

    When people ask me why I am going into a dying field, I always respond with, “It’s not dying, it’s just changing.” Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that print journalism is dying. However, as long as there is news, there will be people to write about it. I think those numbers are discouraging because we are in a midway for journalism. It is moving from print to the web, where much more can be done with storytelling. Video, podcasts, interactive stories, VR are all rising forms of journalism that will need more jobs in the days to come.

  3. #3 by jvanwingerden95 on January 24, 2017 - 7:35 am

    I think it is also encouraging how almost every organization we visited said they were opportunities for young journalists, especially in the digital aspect of journalism. As technology continues to evolve, journalists and journalism must evolve with it – whether it is slightly altering the format that information is presented in – or something else of that nature. I love the variety this field offers me, and I’m not naive enough to think that it won’t be challenging, and it is constantly in flux, but finding truth and sharing it is so important to me. So even though the ways we present the truth to the public may change, that core principle of truth stays the same, as Paula Kerger of PBS mentioned was so important.

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