“What’s you major?”
“Oh, that’s cool.. you know newspapers are dying right?”
This is a conversation I have more often than you’d think. People don’t seem to realize the direction that journalism is moving in. Not that it’s tangible by any means, but there’s a definite shift occurring that’s going to overtake the future of the profession.
When we talk about the future of journalism there really is only one word that can describe it: multimedia.
Now i’ll say right now i’m not a huge fan of this. I’m a writer; always have been, always will be. I’m not the most skilled at shooting and editing video. But whether I like it or not, it’s what i’m going to need to do to get anywhere in this business.
The days of reporters, beats, and newspaper columnists is fading away. Now we have videographers, piece producers, and narrators.
The thing that always bugs me is when people say journalism is dying. Things like this don’t just die. Nothing (except people and Latin) really just dies. They evolve and they change, which is exactly what’s happening right now. The future of journalism is being shaped as we speak.
This is leaving a lot of room for trial and error though. Now a days we aren’t worrying about typos in a printed newspaper, we’re worrying about tweeting information too soon or editing a video to beat the competition.
Actually, there’s another word that can describe the future of journalism: FAST.
I suppose the industry has always been about reporting news fast. That was the goal with newspapers printed daily, right? But now the goal isn’t just to report the news promptly, it’s the report the news more prompt than everyone else. The faster the better – which has some positives and negatives.
We’re entering an era where reporting things fast is the goal, but a lot of other stuff gets thrown to the wayside. Like reporting correct information. Not that that happens constantly, but it’s definitely a problem that’s going to need to be addressed more as journalism evolves and shifts even more towards social networking and multimedia.
Fast is fine; correct is better.
There’s really not much else I can say about the future of journalism, because it’s just that: in the future. This industry has been ever-changing for years, and it’s going to continue to be that way. By the time I graduate college it could be a completely different field of work than it is right now.
And I don’t really mind that, as long as I still get to write!