In 2009 when I was applying to study journalism at my home institution in Glasgow, Scotland I was faced with many comments from people (who are not family or friends) like: “Why are you going into journalism? It’s a dying industry”, or “there are no jobs and no money in journalism”.
I didn’t listen to these people as I knew that they were not thinking of the bigger picture. My constant reply was: “Newspaper sales may be decreasing but the demand for news and information is ever-increasing.”
Some class a journalism degree as a sort of ‘Mickey Mouse’ course – a course that you do but never get a proper, occupational job at the end of. Of course people with a journalism degree do not always work specifically as a journalist, but they use their skills learnt on the course in everyday life and in their job they do today.
People get their news from all different sources so you cannot simply suggest that journalism is a dying industry – it’s a changing one.
Fifty Years in Media is a great website to back up this statement, It contains different journalist’s experiences from around the world of the changes they have seen in the industry. From black and white print newspapers to internet and ipads.
Despite the exciting changes to the industry I feel that print journalism will always be the backbone of journalism.
Downie and Kaiser’s, The News About The News summed up the importance of newspapers to other types of media and also society:
“Television news depends on newspapers, and its practitioners freely attest. Radio news is often lifted right out of the newspapers. Government officials and politicians understand the primacy of newspapers and regularly go to newspaper reporters first with important or complicated information…Newspapers, at least the better ones, are much more ambitious. Their public service is to being a rich, detailed amount of yesterday in the world to their readers every day.”