The future of journalism

9 Jun

As a person among many living in the twenty first century, I have often taken journalism for granted, it has always been part of the background of everyday life with many never even realising what a constantly developing fixture it is in life, however it is professionals working hard in the industry to provide this information and create new outlets for news, who have first hand experience in how journalism is always reinventing itself.

News is available from so many different media outlets that no one has to go further than pressing a button on their phone to be up to date on the latest events, the public are spoilt for choice of where their news comes from, which has not always been the case.

New media outlets have changed the face of journalism by allowing easier access to news and giving opportunities for any computer user to publish their own information, but with information so easily found we have to ask ourselves will the journalist become redundant, will more traditional outlets of news such as newspapers become unrecognisable in an effort to keep up with the changes or non existent, and what will journalism become?

Changes in journalism are to be expected as the world and people in it develop, this means that journalism is always changing; every person in this world has played a part in altering journalism, when they opted to listen to the radio rather than pick up a newspaper or go online, they changed the way people access journalism. Journalism is defined by the people of its generation in its constant endeavour to provide the public not just with current events in the world but with the information they actually want, for example celebrity news is now more in demand than it would have been in the 1950’s, which shows how journalism is also defined not just by which media outlet the public chooses to use but by what information is in demand. This aim of catering for what the public want can claim responsibility for the specialist magazines and websites, and this aim has also contributed to the creation of a range of newspapers aimed at different readerships, such as the Coventry Telegraph whose aim is to provide news only of interest at the local level to the Guardian which covers everything from international to finance and politics.

This is what makes journalism great; it constantly meets the challenges of keeping current with the public and is shaped around us, the future of journalism will not depend just on the internet as an outlet making newspapers extinct or any other emerging media outlet, it will be decided by the public and by today’s aspiring journalists.

Within universities and colleges lies the future of journalism, being taught what it means to be a journalist by those who have experience in the field, learning from those who have made journalism great and adding to it their own passion and drive to make their mark and put their own stamp in what has always been a developing field.

The future of journalism will be defined by the aspiring student journalists who will in the future add to what journalism becomes, the public who are always shaping what we see as news and choosing what media outlets they want to be their main source of news, and the future of journalism will contain the one element that never changes and is what I consider the foundation of journalism, which is the aim to supply the demand of the public for knowledge.

There is a future for journalism which we can be proud of holding on to the founding principle of journalism no matter how much it has changed, the future of journalism will not be defined by the dieing out of the newspaper or the age of the Internet supplying news, but rather by the people and the passion of the journalists of the present and the future.

The future journalist?


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