CLASS DISCUSSION #2

Mutlimediaites:  Please read the following blog post and weigh in with your thoughts on the comments board before Tuesday’s class.

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8 Responses to CLASS DISCUSSION #2

  1. Since joining the journalism major two years ago the talk coming from so many of my professors has all been doom and gloom. “The news industry is dying, you will probably never get a job in this field” and other similar statements have made me feel like I’ve been wasting my time and energy on the work for this major. But this article has kind of given me hope.

    While yes, it seems that the face of journalism is changing drastically, it does not mean its dying. It seems to be evolving, becoming more sleek and technological. These new jobs that are emerging from this evolution come at a perfect time for us, the about to graduate journalism majors who can use our knowledge of technology and the internet to land jobs that other, older less experienced journalists either don’t know how to use or just do not feel comfortable utilizing.

    In the terms of the set up of this piece, I like it. It is broken up into manageable bits of text and utilizes a vast amount of tags to relevant information and sources.

  2. Thomas Moore says:

    I like this blog post because of how it sheds light on how the journalist has been evolving to stay alive in a lightspeed world. As I step back and look at all of the “new” niches that a journalist can fill, it seems that they are all hybridizations– journalism at it’s core of news writing and reporting doesn’t seem sufficient anymore.

    But what’s encouraging is that the heart of the journalist is the same. What’s even more encouraging (to me) is that the typical role of “journalist” is not confined any longer to rigid job description. I think that this can be great for those like me who have always been computer savvy and a boarder line nerd, and a nightmare for those who just want the traditional pad and pen to be their tools. This new multimedia culture make create more work, but it’s definitely spicing things up a bit.

    One thing that concerns me though: I don’t like the idea of organizations and corporations hiring journalists to be their megaphones, which is what the “Online Engagement Specialist” sounds like. There’s always been a tension between newswriting/reporting and advertising, and it’s scary to think that a corporation is hiring a journalist to propagate their agenda. The line gets fuzzy, in this instance, between the journalist and marketer.

  3. Mike Mastone says:

    I like the approach the author uses to convey the information in this article. Instead of flat out telling us how the industry has changed in recent years, the author presents the information via job descriptions. This is an interesting and effective approach because, unlike most articles on the subject, it directly shows what the business expects of us, not what we should expect of the business. The one change that could make this approach a bit more effective is to add an old job description to juxtapose the more recent ones, thus directly illustrating the differences.

  4. What I thought was most interesting about this article is how jobs that were not available to journalists in the past are popping up that need journalistic skills. Journalists who are well versed in new media skills may find themselves more qualified for a position than those in public relations or marketing. While this means that journalists now have to be able to write, and also obtain knowledge in multimedia, it demonstrates that journalism jobs will continue without newspapers. This disproves the theory that “journalism is dying.” As we dicussed in class, journalism is simply changing and this article shows just that.

  5. Elayne Badrigian says:

    I agree with Mike’s comment; adding job descriptions in the blog post was a nice touch and highly effective. Like Haley, the post has also given me hope. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a newspaper, and I probably won’t any time soon. Online news is easy, convenient and allows visitors to pick and choose what they want to read. Honestly, I’m not too broken up about the fact that the future of newspapers looks bleak. As shown in the post, there are so many opportunities available for journalists. The online world is vast and reaches millions of people. I hope magazines don’t share the same fate at newspapers; looking at a fashion magazine online just doesn’t compare with gazing at its glossy pages. I look forward to the future of journalism and all the different ways news can reach us.

  6. Maggie says:

    I agree with Haley that Journalism is not dying because so many new sub-fields have been introduced as the blog displays. However, this also frightens me. I feel like becoming a journalist has become even more competitive and hard with all these new openings because now anyone can be a journalist with the invention of blogs, Twitter and the like. The field of journalism is so broad that “real” journalists are hardly even needed anymore because everyone can/has a blog. The new subfields of journalism make me even more worried and anxious about finding a stable and steady career. I want simple print back!

  7. Paige says:

    This article does a great job of highlighting the types of journalism jobs which are becoming available in the rapidly changing journalistic world. I too have been surrounded by teachers preaching that print journalism is slowly dying, a fact that upsets me greatly since print journalism is what gave fruition to my desire to become a journalist in the first place. When print newspapers are gone, I will miss the smell of the pages, when magazines become only their online counterparts, I will miss easy reading on the treadmill at the gym. However, I believe this article allows us all to realize what it is about the journalism major that drew each one of us in. There seem to be many possibilities for a lot of different aspects of journalism – from design to reporting to social networking, and that is promising in a career which in the past has had a more singular focus.

  8. Mariel Kennison says:

    I agree with Maggie…the online, social media movement scares me! With everything changing so fast, are the skills we are learning now going to be obsolete by the time we graduate? Where do we go from there? You can’t just keep going back to school to learn the newest thing…so where does it stop? I for one wasn’t planning on going to grad school. Will I miss out? On the other hand, though it means the death of certain aspects of “old fashioned” journalism, there is a whole new field of study that has never existed before. These days it seems like everything has already been invented or thought of, so for journalism to contain something so new is very exciting, if not terribly frightening.

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