The year is 2013 and never has society been so technologically advanced within the realm of social and telecommunications. The phrase, “with a touch of a button,” is no longer of metaphorical descent, for our smart-phones, kindles, laptops and other hand-held devices have become our magical red pill into the virtual world of Wonderland.
However society has also taught us that as one fixation advances in correlation, another begins to fail thus yielding the argument of the imminent death of journalism. This claim includes the deterioration of newspapers, the shrinkage of broadcast sites and that the once singular position of a journalist currently requires for one to obtain the skills of a multi-tasking producer, videographer and copy editor. But the fallacy does not stop there. The field itself has also been painted as a manipulative and unprofitable one filled with scapegoats and propaganda. Journalism, they say, is forever dying.
And although some of these claims hold true, it is within an utter bias that the field is merely malnourished. The monopolization of the industry is a painful one, where the media is fed off to cruel corporations and its roots painfully dismissed and clearly forgotten.
Despite the obvious, journalism is more than just news, rather, it is the catering to an untamable desire for a curiosity that is never fully complete. It is the drive that allows journalists to find answers within the depths of every corner within the social, political, economical and scientific aspects of the world. To give in to the immeasurable crave for new knowledge and most importantly to prove so by fulfilling the urge of viewers everywhere with substantial and thorough answers.
The digitalization of media points out that journalism is not dead, but continuously evolving rapidly as information is spreading through new and innovative means. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have replaced our regular 8 o’clock sit-in TV dinners. People are no longer sweeping up newspaper with their morning espressos or utilizing radios as we once did before. Information is now tweeted, shared, visualized and photographed, all at the same time. Citizen journalism is on a rise and contribution to information has increased dramatically.
However, journalistic or any other industrial advancement, comes with a price. Throughout time, techniques will unavoidably die out and strategies will eventually need to be replaced, just as with any other field. An industry like journalism in particular, thrives itself on the sprouting affairs of around one’s home, country and world will certainly not perish due to technological encroachment. Rather, it will extend and multiply through new and methods such as today’s globalization of the internet.
The fact of the matter is, information will always exist. The human brain will forever yearn to fulfill the void of the unknown. Society constantly demands for information, as it is fed to us soundlessly through the myriad of surrounding implicit and explicit messages.
Without a doubt, the power of journalism is underestimated, undervalued and quickly criticized. However, it requires more than the eye to truly believe in its cause. Information is inevitable, knowledge is admirable and presentation will always be key. The mixture of these three is the formula for an educated, sophisticated and in-demand field that stipulates talented and brilliant people. Too many times it has been cheapened out, ruined in reputation and too many people, like myself, have been warned to stay away from the dying and unprofitable field. But next time, ask yourself, where did you learn about the poverty crisis abroad, the political platforms of your politicians or the local soup kitchen initiative down your street?
For the information that has become embedded into your daily life as normality serves as the career and lifestyle for another’s reality. How has journalism died when it is quenching the covet aspiration to serve the public pursuit for a redefined perspective on the world?
The blessings of the field are endless, for a journalist maintains the capabilities to incessantly learn anything within the field ranging from science to politics to art. We do so to better inform ourselves to educate and nourish this malnourished field that needs careful tending to grow and cultivate information into sharable knowledge, strong opinions and truth seekers. Only then is one able the fathom and appreciate the beauty, technique, hard work and necessity of this fast paced industry that will never really die out. Rather, it will continue to grow, fall weak and grow again stronger due to the passion of those within it and to those who believe in its roots and its ability to branch out. For what is the worth of a potential “field” without its meticulous and inquisitive caretakers?