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Where will journalism be in the next 20 years…10 years…or better yet tomorrow? This ever present question has racked the minds of many journalists. Truth be told, journalism will be around for a long time. Someone will always need to report the news even if it is in an unconventional way. There are always people who advocate that Journalism is here to stay! In my opinion I agree with the professor’s advice in the video. We will always need someone to report the news it just might have a different way of getting to its audience. Recently a lot of journalists have come up with models to help our industry. A few of the models will not survive but some ideas seem good enough to at least try. In my opinion the best idea so far, is the 21st Century Model.

Business Model vs. 21st Century Model
These two models both have a lot of setbacks and advantages. The 21st Century model for the newspaper is most likely to work in today’s internet dependency world. The business model has had a lot of financial issues. After reading Michael Mandel’s government-facts blog regarding the journalism job market on, it was a little sad. His graphs were not surprising, but they did have enough information that showed a scary future for print journalists. The graphs show a decline in newspaper employees since the 1990s. Mandel provides several illustrations describing the sudden rise in internet publishing while still focusing on the decline in newspapers. Other journalism markets (broadcast, radio) seemed to be stable.

Scary Future

Scary Future

Declining newspaper employment compared to internet and broadcast.

As you can see in the above picture the business model of journalism has failed.
Looking at all these depressing charts really does make me see the turmoil in journalism. In every business there are both good and bad days. Today journalism might be in a recession, but the next step is always recovery and then everything stabilizes. Business will eventually get better it will just take some time to adjust.

Paul Bradshaw’s suggestion for a 21st Century Model for the press has a better chance of survival. Bradshaw’s idea is up to date with the present technological times. All of the other models that suggest micropayments or anything else have not worked with society. His suggestions on having the first alert on a mobile device, then a draft of the story on a blog, finally finishing with the article being published might save print. This idea is incorporating both technology and newspapers.

Future Model

Future Model

Bradshaw’s model uses new innovation as well as the original form of newspapers.

Making New Trends Work
I really hope news organizations begin to follow Bradshaw’s model. A lot of ideas have not worked in the past, but this might begin the process of recovery in journalism. It could make an impact on daily lives. This model really drew my attention because it focused so much on incorporating all forms of media—mobile, blogs, and print. I have really tried to say updated on different forms of media. Recently I have started reading blogs. Blogs that catch my eye where you can really tell that the writer used every source they possibly had so readers can grasp the full understanding of what’s taking place. Lately, I have been following more newspaper staff blog’s as opposed to writings for their papers. When I first moved out of my college dorm and into my apartment I read the Austin Statesman, religiously. Then one day I was on their site and came across Austin360. I love the fact that the writer’s blog about their beat, but it’s more personal. My two favorite blogs to read are Alberta Phillips and Pamela LeBlanc. Phillips writes about staying fit in Austin and LeBlanc blogs about problems in the community.

As much as I read blogs, some that don’t have journalism background, can be misleading. My guilty pleasure on reading horrible journalism writing is MediaTakeout. I am a fan of its juicy gossip, but the writing is horrible. Sometimes they have factual errors or misspelled words.

The video below, is by Chris Pirillo, and he questions whether blogging is journalism. He goes into great detail explaining the differences between journalism and blogging. Pirillo’s defends blogs and says their only blogging out of passion compared to a journalist, who received a degree and are now getting paid for their work. I agree with some of his ideas but he says that journalists tend to mislead the truth, but if a blogger misinterprets something then it’s not a big deal. In my opinion, bloggers need to also get the truth right so they can be creditable.

If blogging becomes the new journalism, it might become harder for people to decipher between creditable information to something that is false.


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