Archive | February, 2010

The big problem with Journalism …

26 Feb

The thing with Journalism, is that technically, anyone can be a journalist .. from the kid updating his facebook with gossip from his street, to the manager tweeting from his executive chair in his penthouse suite. The Internet allows this publication of news 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And that’s why we love it.

So if anyone can be a journalist, why are we spending three and a half grand a year on training to be professionals in this field? Surely it is only a matter of time before people cotton on to this fact. We’re in an industry where experience is crucial to success, so employers face a tough decision – employ the shiny new first class honours graduate who has three years worth of NCTJ accredited training but very little work experience, or the latest internet blogging sensation who’s posts have been published in national newspaper and are talked about as much as the latest Katie Price drama?

Gone are the days when reporters would head off with just a pen and a notepad. Now there are countless technologies which do the hard work. Obviously this is all to make our lives easier, but I think that maybe in some cases, it takes the empathy and compassion out of a journalist, because they’re making their interviewees talk into a machine, rather than their face. Controversial I know.

But I musn’t grumble, since I will be one of these reporters one day. (Fingers crossed, and depending on whether Facebook continues to ruin my degree.)

So the big problem? I think it’s that the future of journalism is so unknown. Who knows which path it’s going to take next – fasten your seatbelts, you’re in for a bumpy ride.