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Are Journalism students giving up?

December 14, 2009

In a post on Editor’s Web-long, the concern that less students are pursuing careers in journalism was brought to light. This idea came originally form Alan Mutter’s blog and is termed “journicide”.

The loss will deprive citizens in the future with the insights that only can be delivered by dedicated professionals with the time, skills and motivation to dig deeply into difficult stories.

Bloggers and other bloviators, this writer expressly included, will not take up the slack. Absent some miracle that motivates someone, anyone, to start fairly compensating journalists again, we are going to lose something that has been very important to our democracy throughout the life of the nation.

There are a lot of doom and gloom theories about the future of journalism. As a journalism student, I do not think things are so bleak for the future.

The field of journalism is going to need a restructuring and the future journalists are the ones that need to come up with ideas to fix the industry. The problem I saw with the Downie Report is that a lot of the “solutions” are just a crutch for what’s wrong today. News organizations need to undergo a face lift in order to maintain relevancy.

There needs to be more outreach through social media platforms from newspapers. When comments were first allowed to be posted on stories it opened the conversation to the audience. The same thing that happened then has to happen today.

News is not going away. There will always be a need for it. Like, Mutter said bloggers will not be able to carry on the tradition of news. Reporters are needed for verification of facts and the actual newsgathering process. The opportunities will be endless. Mark my words.

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