When I tell people that I am studying Journalism as my minor, I seem to consistently get a puzzled look. This is an obvious response, being that the current state of the journalist occupation is fluctuating and unstable. With this digital era that we are in, where new technologies and upgrades on existing technologies are made at an alarming rate, it is hard for the popular form of journalism to stay consistent.
Print journalism is fighting to stay relevant, but it is sadly losing. Most big publications have already went digital, or have some component of their media online. With the introduction of the internet, people have been able to get access to public news instantaneously. The need to walk all the way down the street to pickup a long-winded newspaper has almost dissipated. One of this weeks readings, “Newsonomics: The halving of America’s daily newsrooms,” states that 3,800 full-time newsroom jobs–10.4 percent of them– were loss between 2013 and 2014 alone. Times are changing. People can get there news from independent sources like blogs.
Blogs have become a popular source for news, but bloggers are usually unpaid. They do not typically work for a big news corporation. These bloggers are in reality taking away pay-worthy work. Still, this is the direction in which our generation is heading. Blogs are more assessable and relatable. I found it interesting, how in “Blogonomics,” it gives an overview of kickstarter campaigns that were implemented in hope of funding the incomes of online bloggers.
Mobile applications may just be the overall future of journalism. Blogs and other forms of online news is being accessed more consistently via cellular smart phones. Quoting the reading, “State of the News Media 2015,” by Amy Mitchel, “At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers, according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data.” Easy accessibility always reigns supreme. The Journalism occupation can become consistent if Journalists are willing to advance with the digital age.