Without a doubt the shape of modern journalism is changing with new technologies and innovation. But there are areas of journalism how are struggling to change and evolve.
Print media such as magazines and newspapers are slowly losing their readership and popularity as journalism is moving online. The internet has a much larger range of affordances in relation to how content and news is produced and presented.
In a digital medium, videos podcasts and other new forms of journalism can be used in the telling of news stories. And it allows a dialogic conversation. A newspaper is complete, whereas you can dispute an online article or agree and add to it in the comments.
However, the change in landscape has had an impact in the last few years. In 2009 the Times reported a quarterly loss of $74m. And between 2005 and 2013, print advertising dropped by 50%. This has lead to job cuts, with Fairfax announcing that 80 jobs were on the line.
All is not lost for journalists and their art. Online journalism has overtaken print media in popularity and thus presents new opportunities for innovation and experimental journalism.
While many may focus on the loss of jobs in the print sector, it is important to think to the future of journalism. Journalism is becoming more interactive; a conversation rather than a monologue. It’s multimedia and its funny.
Print journalism is declining, but new, exciting online, journalism is on the rise, and it’s one of the best times to be a journalist.