Journalism profession optimism remains high

By ROBBIE SHIVER

If you were to ask a person on the street to categorize the current state of the journalism profession, many would simply say that it is “dying.” As we have learned, journalism truly cannot “die” because there will always be a need for news. What will change is the way this news is delivered and received.

This relates directly to the changes in class curriculum’s across college campuses in America. New media is being experimented to certain degrees in nearly all journalism programs across the nation. But what has not been focused on as much is how these new media techniques and skills can actually help you in many different types of jobs today.

Brian McDermott of SaveTheNews.org lists three main skills new journalism gives college students that can help with a large range of employment opportunities in an article entitled “Teaching Journalism in the Digital Age.”

The first skill listed was new media skills. Today, almost all college students will graduate with at least a moderate level of knowledge/skill in photography, writing, editing, and the Internet. These skills can be huge for countless types of jobs. Furthermore, any employer that considers a student who is a journalism major can essentially rest assured that these skills will be possessed to a certain degree.

The second skill listed was creative thinking. With so many new ways to get stories, news, and connect to people, journalists are forced to be creative in their ways of getting stories. Competition is cut-throat and journalists are constantly looking for ways to be creative and find sources and story ideas.

The third and final main skill that is useful in countless job markets today is clear, focused writing. Writing is still, and will always be, one of the most fundamental keys to good communication. Especially with the amount of online resources, concise and understandable reading is always in high demand.

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