Journalism has gone through major changes in the past few years. More importantly, it’s continuing to change all around us, which is something few people care to recognize.
According to a recent article by Slate.com, It says yes, the market is tougher, yet it is more exciting because there has never been more high quality coverage than before.
While a counter article from CNN.com seems to take the standard viewpoints of the state of journalism. It ridicules the viewpoint of the slate article. Yet what this article does in addition is look at from the consumers point of view as well.
The state of journalism differs in viewpoint among current journalists.
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But where does that leave the profession? The Trending Amendment staff weighs in on this issue below.
I think the truth of where journalism is lies somewhere in the middle. Journalism will be in trouble if we, as a market don’t adapt to the consumer and their needs. If that means adding more opinion articles, celebrity gossip, and making news more accessible in this new age of digital technology, then that is what needs to be done! I also agree that local, smaller news affiliates need to keep reporting on things that matter to their area. Journalism is a business like any other, in order to survive the consumer must come first!
For better or for worse news is here to stay.
I think that journalism will change and evolve and face problems all the time, but it will never die. News things always come up, and journalists will just have to react to it! I think it is ‘healthy’ but I also see the problems that arise.
I truly believe that journalism will stick around. It may not be the traditional setting, but journalists are talented writers/reporters who will always be capable of putting out good and interesting stories to the public. I look at blogs now and see a future in which they will be more prevalent forms of news that journalists will write on. Newspapers are decaying and because of that their profits are getting worse and worse. However, we need news, and journalists will always be around to give us that news in some fashion.
Journalism is in a state of flux, and that’s a very good thing.
The current model of journalism cannot support itself. It’s a cannibalistic recursion of publications aggregating content, stealing stories and rewriting them, and taking credit for the work of others. Instead of standing together against the rising tides of budgetary constraints, government intervention and consumer decline, most are stealing from their fellow writers. They redistribute a shrinking pool of wealth among themselves, rather than pulling in new resources to expand.
Independent journalists are changing that. By striking out on their own and creating new, original content they add to the pool, rather than tear it apart. In the end, only those independent writers and major publishers that follow suit will be left standing. The rest will starve to death and collapse upon their own, malnourished limbs.
Do you think the current state of journalism is fine? What do you see the idea of “journalism” as in the future and what do you think the dominant forms of media outlets will be?
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