Journalism goes back hundreds of years. Of course it wasn’t the same as it is today, as back then it mostly consisted of town news in newsletters and reprinting from other publications. It was very small and slow compared to the field it is today. Now, journalism is a world wide, fast paced and very difficult profession. With the introduction of the internet, journalists and newspaper publications had to completely shift their work style and adapt to the new age of journalism.
Of course I cannot speak for all on this new age of digital media, but as a media consumer and budding journalist myself, I notice the changes in my daily life. With the introduction of the internet, journalism has greatly shifted from print to online. Sure, print publications still exist and will continue to exist, but their circulation and subscription rates have dramatically decreased since the marriage of journalism and the internet. Publications such as The New York Times will always have print, but what about smaller publications in small towns without the mass readership of The Times? What happens to their print publications?
So that brings us to now, a turning point of digital media and journalism through the internet. The internet is a key tool in research and data acclamation, especially in regard to speed of publishing, but also has become a key tool in sharing these stories. Without an online presence, news publications will not succeed. Furthermore, journalists are now structuring stories to fit better on the internet and share knowledge in ways that print just cannot do. Virtual reality stories are a new and budding form of storytelling and journalism. Data visualization has become a prominent feature in written stories, and journalists will team up with experts to create visual forms that best share the information. Audio storytelling, news, and podcasting is picking up once again. Radio is not new, but the way the internet changed storytelling allowed for the revival of podcasting and audio storytelling.
I don’t think we would have developed these new forms of communication and storytelling without the internet. The question “is journalism dying?” scares every new journalism student because they think they’re going into a dying career. Well, it scared me two years ago. However, journalism will never die. People will always seek truth and knowledge for a better informed society. The way we present journalism is changing – the internet has allowed for new forms of knowledge and digital information to be shared with readers that would never be possible without the internet.