When I decided I wanted to work in public relations I had no idea what it really entailed. After my first internship I realized it is A LOT of writing. That’s when I knew it would greatly benefit me to take some journalism classes along with my communication major.
Journalists’ main goal is to write about information that is newsworthy to their readers. That info could be in the form of politics, entertainment, economics, the list goes on. If a blogger considers himself a journalist because he writes news about video games then who’s to say he’s wrong? The information he puts out to his following is news worthy to them.
The Internet created a grey area within the journalism field. It’s not all about print any more. Breaking news is posted online almost within the blink of an eye. This creates an even larger following than just news paper subscribers getting the news the next morning or people hearing it on television hours later. People now expect to have everything readily available at their finger tips.
Robert Niles writes in his article “Newspaper columnists ought to be the perfect bloggers. So why aren’t more doing it well?” that an older generation of journalists are worried that they won’t get a following on the Internet. Once these columnists take their time to learn the ins and outs of these advantageous social media sites, the following will come. People like to get involved, especially if the issue in the article is something of interest in their community (which is normally what news is).
Journalism is evolving with technology and it’s important for everyone in the profession to understand. Employers are looking for media savvy recruits to fill their positions. The reality is if you’re not up to date with these new digital demands then you may not get the job. Sometimes it’s frustrating learning new things but it’s always beneficial to take time out of your busy schedule to hit the books (or the keyboard) if it will help your career in the long run.