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The Journalist of the 21st Century

It’s no secret that the rise of the technological age has greatly impacted journalists’ careers. As such, instead of admitting defeat, it is the responsibility of journalists everywhere to adapt and mold themselves to match these technological advances. In nearly every career, an employee is expected to continually evolve within their position in order to remain informed and relevant as their job description changes. Journalists should not be exempt from this expectation.

Journalism derives from one of the oldest worldly traditions since the beginning of mankind- storytelling. No matter how far technology will inevitably advance society, there will always be a need for an actual person (not a robot) to compose a story to pass along to a wanting audience. Whether it be solely for entertainment purposes or rather matters pertinent to an individual’s well being, the various fields of journalism seek to simply inform the public of any kind of newsworthy piece of information. Although technology has greatly altered the traditional journalistic process, the fundamentals are still present in order to assist journalists in adapting to this change.

Evidently, an online and social media presence is somewhat expected nowadays. Online tools are fairly accessible and simple for nearly everyone to use. Journalists should be using these tools to their advantage through the utilization of all major social networking sites in order to promote their stories while also interacting with their audience. Additionally, blogs offer more creative freedom for journalists to write about a range of issues. The informal nature of blogs additionally promotes further reader discussion through contributing to the comments section. It can also double as its own space for journalists to keep their collective work for their readers to reference. As such, a blog can be used as a type of professional portfolio that will ultimately benefit a journalist’s career.

With the current advancements in the journalism field, journalists should remain open minded to new, emerging methods of online communication. With traditional print journalism slowly losing interest amongst the general public, younger generations are going to continually obtain news from the internet. It is up to journalists to adjust to this shift in their audience’s interests to achieve the ultimate goal of informing the public.

Photo credit: Karolina Grabowska/ Pexels



  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm | #
  2. Posted June 12, 2016 at 5:35 am | #

    Hi Ashley,
    I think your post was very well written and I agree with most of what you said. I especially liked that you brought journalism back to its roots by bringing up its main purpose, storytelling. I think that sometimes we get so caught up in all of the other multimedia stuff, that we forget that. When you said “online tools are fairly accessible and simple for nearly everyone to use,” it got me thinking. There are some well-known and respected journalists who have been in the business for decades and may not necessarily have a keen eye for photo and video content like us younger journalists have. The use of different multimedia platforms might simple for them. Do you think that veteran journalists who are nearing retirement should have to include as much multimedia content as us up and coming journalists?

  3. Posted June 12, 2016 at 6:34 am | #

    You bring up an excellent point that other careers push their workers to be informed on new information. Having new ways to tell the news is another way to keep the audience informed. The photo really ties in with the article as well. I just wish there was a link to information that may have tied in with the article.

  4. Posted June 15, 2016 at 3:07 am | #

    Hi Ahsley!

    I really like how you stated that it is journaists’ repsonsibility to stay updated with new techonological advances. It is easy to get mad after you’ve fianlly thought you’ve mastered all you need to know about journalism, but at the same time, it is their duty to keep up with the changing times if they want to remain successful, or even employed!

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