In life many people predict things, occasionally they get them right but more often than not they get it wrong.
I just read James Curran: The Future of Journalism. Predictions varied from: Journalism not in crisis just in transition, to closing of papers being a good thing to bring a fresh start for journalists, to end of print journalism being an end to democracy. Such different views but who is right?
To say journalism is in crisis is wrong because simply there will always be a need for Journalists. People want news, they want to know what is going on in the world and they want sources they can trust. There are jobs out there!
That is in part what contributes to being a democratic country. Journalism is struggling at the minute but that’s more to do with the harsh economic conditions that are going on. Most organisations are suffering and going through transitions it’s how long these transitions last that really matter.
Could more papers being closed down be a good thing? Well in my opinion no but it would be hard to argue that citizen journalism and blogs have not created a breath of fresh air for the industry. I think these are the sort of journalists that people want to see in the future.
The end of print journalism being a threat to democracy, I’m not sure about that. I don’t think you could ever argue that until it really is the end of print journalism, which looks to be a while off.
So what is the future? Pay walls, blogs and citizen journalists thriving, funding to boost the number of journalist or even a mixture of all of them until a proper solution is found.
In chapter 1 of Technology Foretold by James Curran he discusses a few predictions in the 80s and 90s that were meant to revolutionise Journalism. Quite frankly they didn’t happen and what I’ve got from James is that we can make bold predictions to the future of Journalism, but in reality nobody really knows.
What do you guys think?