I belong to a new generation of journalists. I grew up with the rise of the Internet and smartphones, but I also remember what it was like before the Internet became such an integrated part of my life. As a kid, research for school meant going to the library to find a book, not typing something into Google. I had dial-up Internet in high school and got a smartphone for the first time this summer.
As I enter journalism, I am part of the “later generations [that will] cut their teeth on new business models,” as Andrew Leonard described in his post “Sorry everyone: The future of journalism is still up in the air.” The problem for print journalism lies in developing a business model that is lucrative. The job of our new generation of journalists is to create these new business models and attempt to usher in the next “golden age” of journalism.
“People still want to read the news, and where there is demand there will always be supply,” said Leonard. Journalism as an industry will survive. I hope that Leonard is right and that there is still room for print journalism. I hate to believe as Clay Shirky does that “the future of the daily newspaper is one of the few certainties in the current landscape.”
It is obvious that the way people want to access their news has changed, but this doesn’t necessarily translate to wanting less information, as Frank Rose explained, “[a] 6,200-word story on BuzzFeed […] not only received more than a million views, it held the attention of smartphone users for an average of more than 25 minutes.” Leonard and Rose seem to be of the same mind that readers are still providing the demand to sustain the industry, just maybe not in print. This desire for information should support good journalism.