Mourn for the journalists

The people on the other side of fiction, those guys, yeah, they haven’t been doing so well lately. In a way, you could say that the book publishing industry has been suffering a very slow death at the hands of Americans that are too lazy to read now.

But the internet has called for the heads of the new industry now. As writers, I think we should be a concerned. As a journalism major, I’m very concerned. There is a never-ending debate about their future. A one Warren Buffet, pretty much the most celebrated CEO in America right now, said he wouldn’t invest a cent into the news industry, ouch.

Soon, there are going to be big markets with no newspaper to serve them. New England and San Fransisco are close. And so is my own Baltimore. Not a good feeling to be a writer and know other writers are being treated like this.

Let’s give a moment to the journalists out there. Professional writing isn’t such a hot skill these days. Keep your chins up.

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One Response

  1. I don’t envy you as a journalism major, but I don’t think all is lost either. “Journalism” isn’t dying, just one of the forms of media by which journalism reaches the masses — the newspaper.

    What young journalists like yourself ought to do is start thinking about how to make journalism work (and be profitable) on the Internet. Young folks like you will make it work because you can bring a fresh perspective. The reason why newspapers haven’t been able to transition into the digital world effectively is because newspapers are run by a bunch of old guys who don’t understand what the Internet is and what it can be — they don’t know MySpace from outer space.

    Someone will do it. Someone will figure out the formula to not only deliver news (especially local news) but also deliver it in such a way that it is both profitable and that preserves journalistic integrity. Someone will do it — probably someone from your generation — and that person will become a billionaire.

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