Thinking About the Economic Future of Journalism


Its obvious to journalists,consumers and writers alike that journalism has significantly changed over the years. Due to the progression of the Internet and other media outlets underneath it, there are just so many, some would argue too many places where you can get news. Social media is full or regular citizens who hear a story and add validity to news with images and the confirmation of others. Bloggers, who potentially more concerned about their brand beyond the breaking news, include subtle opinions to news they receive from other bloggers. It’s all a cycle of the same information amongst a vast number of people just for it all to be questionable. Present day digital journalism has become inconsistent and even unreliable at times.

So what does that mean for the future of journalism. How will the economic future of journalism be affected by these changes? Well in one reading, State of the News Media 2015 by Amy Mitchel, the writer tells us that 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers. Beyond the convenience of getting news online people want news fast and easy. This results in them not appreciating the news and not giving it any validation.

In one of this week’s readings Newsonomics the writer Ken Doctor said the concern is more for the consumer who suffers the most during this “economy change.” I don’t know about that when you hear that 10.4% of newsrooms that had 3,800 full-time newsroom employees were loss between 2013 and 2014 alone. I have more sympathy for the working class group. I’m lucky I can think about the Student Journalist, who will have a smooth time merging the knowledge they’re receiving in the classroom with their digital native culture and customs.


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