With the progression of technology, the fate of journalism careers looks to be on the rocks. Nowadays everyone has some sort of smartphone with the ability to record news as it happens and post it on social media for the world to see. One has to wonder if journalism as a profession is changing with this technological uproar: why send a reporter out if people already there can snap away at the scene and instantly give the internet first hand news?
I sat down with Georgie Cuming who has dreams of becoming a overseas correspondent. She is worried that the influx of social media and the rise of smart phones may harm her chances, “It’s definitely not growing, that’s for sure,” states Georgie, “If you have a phone you can get a good enough quality video or photograph, so why would they need to send me to report overseas. I probably would have better luck working from home on a blog.”
Alannah Mackenzie aspires to work in the fashion industry, though she is on the fence if the rise of the internet is going to aid or prohibit her career dreams she realizes she can’t avoid it, “Honestly, I think it could help, you can connect to so many more people and see what fashion trends are happening and what people are wearing, just by the click of a button.” voices Alannah. The fashion industry still has so many “live” events and to be a fashion journalist you need to be at the shows and in the hub of it all. For Alannah, she doesn’t fear the rise of technology will effect her goals in the fashion industry, “there will always be fashion, and technology may effect it but I can’t see it being negative.”
Like fashion, the environmental side of journalism also won’t be too effected by the changing access to journalism, or so thinks Zoe Burns. “I want to work with giving the environment a voice and making sure people know how we are damaging this world. I don’t think the new found accessibility to news will hinder my chances of getting a job. Who would take my job of environmental journalism?” questions Zoe. It’s an avenue that wouldn’t be as affected like working overseas.
Journalism in general is a career of endless possibilities. Yes, it may be changing but maybe new types of journalism could sprout from it. Elen McCabe is interested in being a travel journalist and she attributes technology and the easy access of information for inspiring her, “I realize I’m dreaming big because so many people want to travel and be a journalist. I know it will be hard to make money but social media has made it easy for you to get your work out there. My worry is getting noticed with a unique blog or idea to get my foot in the door,” beams Elen. A door that would have never even been there without the technological revolution.
So since there is no turning back on this social media era, might as well embrace having access to news in mere seconds of it happening. Some fields of journalism will be hindered as jobs aren’t as plentiful; however, some other avenues are sure to thrive in this technological revolution.