Print is the traditional idea of what journalism is to most people. The iconic imagery of receiving the morning paper and reading it with your breakfast and coffee is timeless. However, we are now moving to a digital age. Nowadays, the iconic image includes an iPad on the table next to your toast and morning coffee rather than a newspaper.
The road of journalism and journalists should keep up with the technological advances that seem to be revolutionizing our culture. Keeping up with tradition is a nice idea, but in order for journalists to become successful in the modern society, they must keep an open mind and be flexible on where and how they work.
In the last few decades, cassette tapes were replaced with DVDs. DVDs are slowly being replaced by Blu-Ray and online streaming. Mobile phones have transformed greatly from a large brick-like object to a hand-held device that can play music, surf the Internet, text, call, and even make video chats. If phone companies such as Samsung decided not to follow and keep up with the Smartphone trend, the company would slowly die out. Each year, phones come out with more and more improvements.
The same idea goes for journalists and the field of journalism in general. Following and keeping up with trends — in this case, huge technological advances — is the key to succeeding in our century.
Print journalism is a declining industry. The use of apps and the Internet is becoming a main source for people to receive their news. It’s convenient and quick to access for normal everyday folks. Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook has become such an important, almost vital, role in sharing and hearing news.
Traditional journalists don’t necessarily need to leave their comfort zone in print. However, if journalists want to reach a wider audience, it’s probably a good idea to switch to online journalism and use social networking websites to their fullest extent. Blogging does not necessarily need to be a bad thing. Change is scary, but adapting to change is what helps people move on and do bigger and better things.
As Henry Ford once said, “We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we make today.” Tradition is print. Digital media and digital journalism is the present, and adapting to the ever-changing digital age is what a modern day journalist should be learning how to do.