Times are Changing and so is Journalism
by Amanda Almonord
Times have changed. Floppy discs have been replaced by flash drives and flash drives have been thrown out in favor of storing files on clouds.
In the same way, we’re witnessing massive changes in the journalism industry, particularly how news is being reported and paid for. The current trend in journalism involves extending its reach via social media by creating posts that are shareable. This method is also used to fund modern journalism, which has caused people like Sean Blanda to believe that “companies from Medium to The Washington Post to Mashable to Buzzfeed all eventually run into the same unthinkable truth: the methods used to fund modern journalism simultaneously undermine trust in the news outlets.”
This is probably one of the most dramatic changes made in journalism. In order to ensure that quality reporting occurs and that news outlets continue to exist, money must be spent on advertising that mimics the news outlets posts so that they can continue to be funded. Thanks to programmatic rewards scales, news outlets have understandably come to rely on clickbait and headliners that sensationalize celebrity news and current events. However, modern journalism has become oversaturated with poor reporting.
Digital journalism has caused another massive change in the industry: the decrease in newspaper employment. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, newspaper publishers lost over half of their employees but in contrast, the number of people working in digital publishing has “increased from 67,000 jobs in January 2007 to 206,000 jobs in September 2016.”
Newspaper publishers lose over half their employment from January 2001 to September 2016 :
These changes in journalism, while concerning, are interesting and important to follow. I wonder what will happen if the industry continues to follow in this direction.