As a young and enthusiastic budding journalist I constantly find myself being questioned on this topic. When I talk to others about my aspirations to work in the journalism sector, they look at me with almost grim expressions and often state, ‘isn’t that industry dying?’
The traditional models of journalism (print, broadcast and radio) are continuing to adjust and evolve as technology advances.
In 2016, where many readers and consumers of news seek their content from mobile devices, the print industry particularly is seeing a decline in numbers.
In research undertaken by Roy Morgan, it is apparent that newspaper readership in Australia is dwindling. News content is primarily being sourced online and via mobile platforms as it is instantaneous and accessible 24/7. Digital subscriptions have also been impacted in recent times, as content is offered free of charge and without paywalls in numerous locations online.
So what is the fate of journalism in a world that is progressing so rapidly online?
Although the traditional platforms of journalism are changing, journalism at its core is not. Journalists remain the storytellers and their stories will continue to be delivered to the public for many more years to come.
It is sad to think that newspapers may soon become a thing of the past. However, the new models of journalism and the shift to online platforms present an exciting future for the industry.
An interesting discussion on new media models and their impact on journalism.