At my NUJ conference, there was a long speech delivered to us by a panel of experts within the industry. They spoke of their experiences and also suggestions about the changing face of the profession, and where they could realistically see the future leading to.
There was a huge emphasis on the fact that journalism is all moving online now, and we either keep up or we are left behind. The rush and persistency in efforts were highlighted, as journalists face increasing pressures to turn their stories over quick. This mean that the vast majority of news stories came from larger, and recognised ‘trustworthy’ sources, such as Press Association, Reuters and numerous PR companies. Light shun on the authenticity of these stories as a debatable factor, but this is an aspect within the career that has become a ‘norm’ as daily activity in the newsroom.
Is this a good thing? Isn’t the job of a journalist to report – truthfully – the happenings of the world to the public for their own interest, holding the powerful to account? How do we know that we can trust these ‘external’ sources by not verifying the stories ourselves?
Journalism is definitely under threat, but on the opposing hand many doors have been opened for us in ways which were never previously known such as social media jobs, a responsibility to write news stories online and managing online blogs.
It definitely has it’s pros and cons, but it’s down to us – the upcoming generation – to shape things the way we want and change the face in a way that is more acceptable, trusted and accountable in every way.