CURIOSITY about the future of professional journalism is circulating through the minds of university students studying the field, as the digital age of journalism is taking the reins of how news is delivered to the public.
As new advances in Internet technology such as social media have become prominent among the modern day society, any user of a social media platform or blog can now post information on to the Internet for anyone to read. This has decreased the need for journalists in print media and other forms of traditional journalism, and has overall caused jobs in the field to become scarce.
Aspiring sports writer Simon Douch is saddened by the redundancy of traditional journalism, and feels like modern technology can distract people from a story.
“Today society seems to be constantly striving for more advanced technology and ways of presenting a story and I think traditional journalism simply can’t live in that type of world.
“With modern journalism I think it’s easy for people to go off on tangents and lose focus of the issue.”
Although online journalism seems to be the easiest and most used form of news, other forms such as live broadcasting are still alive, but less prominent in the industry as a whole. For Maddison Alpen, who is pursuing a job in this field of journalism, she believes it is still possible to build a career as a live broadcaster.
“I think it’s still possible to get a job in this field, but I also think you have to possess very special qualities as jobs are very limited these days.”
While some believe the demise of the traditional style of journalism is also a step closer to the redundancy of professional journalists, some people are taking an optimistic view on the technological advances in the field. For Codie Levien, who is aspiring to be an entertainment reporter, she believes it’s better to have “more access to stories from a wider range of sources.”
“Stories are more accessible and we now have the opportunity to see things published that we wouldn’t be able to with TV and newspaper, such as blogs and YouTube videos.”
For Matt Gencevski, whose dream job is to be a chat-show host, he believes traditional journalism is “literally a day behind modern forms” and that new technology gives news “a fresh look.”
“Something might happen around the world, and the news will break on Twitter. This literally puts newspapers a day behind as they have to wait overnight to publish the story.
“Anyone can look into becoming a journalist, especially with blogs, it allows anyone to become the storyteller.”
Gencevski also said that he believes professional journalism will survive, depending on how people utilise the changes in storytelling mediums.
“I think with proper media corporations still around, they will have keep the high quality they have maintained for such a long time but I feel the Internet is the future… and I guess it comes down to whether traditional journalists can adapt.”