Dispelling the Myth that Journalism is Dying

Every time I tell a person I am in graduate school for journalism I get either a phony smile, or a sarcastic comment.  Bottom line, a lot of people have a bleak outlook on the future and credibility of journalism.  I disagree with everyone who feels this way.  I am not alone in my convictions.

5 Big Reasons That Traditional Media Is Still Not Dead, by MgGrath/Power. One place I found support was in a blog post by MgGrath/Power, a public relations and communications business that helps other companies develop their own communications program.  Particular attention should be payed to reasons #3 and 4.  They conclude that overall, traditional media outlets are still more influential and legitimate than blogs and other social media.

Journalism isn’t dead, it’s being reborn, by Tim Gleason.  Another hopeful source was found in an article on OregonLive.com.  Gleason is the Dean of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.  The Dean writes about the bright future of J-School college graduates.  Students who are now graduating from Journalism schools are trained to be fluent across all media platforms (not just print which can be very limiting). This makes them more attractive to employers.

The Fallacy of the ‘Print Is Dead’ Meme, by Michael Josefowicz.  This piece can be found on pbs.org.   In the first part Josefowicz lists several reasons as to why people think print journalism is now obsolete. One such reason is that for the most part the only people who still read print newspapers are the elderly.  Josefowicz offers why these reasons may be illegitimate.   The ones to blame are computer addicted “info-junkies”, who prematurely draw their conclusions from an obsessive need to obtain information via the web.

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