There are lots of unknowns and fears in journalism today such as the rise of citizen journalism and the misinformation that ensues and journalistic ethics and credibility in the public sphere that the Scott McIntyre example has proven.
But one fear that has since subsided in the mainstream publications is the ‘death of journalism’ that online news was going to cause. Print media such as newspapers and magazines have since been made available online and news can now be found from thousands of sources all over the internet.
But does the rise of internet news subscriptions and a decline in newspaper and magazine sales mean the end of journalism?
Three or four years ago the answer would have been yes. But the online business model has changed and while the sales are still down, the depressive outlook for journalists has changed.
“Print is dying, but writing isn’t.”Catherine Wilson, a young aspiring journalist studying International media at the university of Wollongong thinks differently “There will always be a place for journalists online”
This has been a common opinion among journalism undergraduates, even those who aim to write for a print publication. Kimberly Perlowski, a Bachelor of arts student and Robert Brady who is studying Communications and media, want to write for Vogue and Vice respectively. However the current state of print media has not deterred them.
“[print] It’s dying, but it’ll continue to live on the web.” Rob’s ambition is to work with Vice in a Video production role. This form of journalism is one of many that aren’t affected by the decline of print sales.
Kimberly and Catherine however are pursuing a career as journalist in print orientated companies. Sydney morning herald and Vogue are heavily reliant on print sales, but this hasn’t’ stopped them from branching online.
“Vogue are trying to keep their print sales up but they are trying to do both” Fashion journalism has a massive online presence with the popularity of bloggers who have lead the way in their area online. Hope remains for Kimberly as she sees it, journalists will still be journalists “It print does die, it will change”
Keiden Cheung, another young journalist studying in Wollongong says “ I was never a huge fan of print media to begin with, and I’m not particularly interested in working for a print media company” Print media isn’t just losing sales because of the internet, it’s losing its relevance. “costs for both the producers AND consumers. The internet provides a cheap (generally free) alternative”
While newspapers and magazines are no longer have the reach that they once had, journalism and journalists have evolved in the age of information. Good storytelling and factual reporting will always have a place in our society. If print media dies, there will be thousands of online journalist continuing to do what they’re doing now.