Rapid advancement pressures change in news coverage


By Christian Urrutia, Editor-in-Chief

The changing state of news and the rapid flow of information dictates the platforms in which we consume all kinds of daily content.

The medium currently is mobile devices, if not, a computer screen.

Digitizing content meant certain media, like print, would become more and more obsolete.

The print world is shrinking. Many publications survive only through a digital means now, with the common questions  of how would print remain profitable.

These same logical responses arise in the field of journalism about how does one earn a living or establish a career in something that is slowly dying or withering away?

The easy answer is that you can make money in gathering and reporting information and telling stories in a variety of ways and across different media, but what the current business-model is implicating is how long it will last and what will replace it.

Future gains within the digital journalism world are where the difficulty lies. For that, I and many individuals don’t have an answer available.

Journalist Michael Rosenblum suggested in his article “How Journalists Can Make Money,” one way could be how journalists reorganize themselves with business ties.

There is, obviously a need for journalism, perhaps a greater need than there has ever been. It will never go away, but the working-class of individuals shun the dreams of hopeful, prospective journalists when they mention “there isn’t any money in that.”

Journalists can argue that while they may not be in demand like any of the emerging science fields, but many people are working for sites or blogs that pay well.

Ultimately in the long run, working and soon-to-be professionals in the traditional print media will have to transition once they no longer circulate in print.

Programming that can help integrate multimedia stories onto web pages is a starting point for the emersion between online storytelling and the fundamentals of journalism.

Incorporating photos, text and interactive tools is the advent of such interaction between technology and reporting news.

Multimedia and the use of our mobile devices allows us to report information like never before. Rosenblum suggests that, like many doom and gloom analysts say, journalism will die because of technology. This potential scenario would mean that the news will be soon covered and delivered by technology, not humans.

Innovation is needed to mold the two fields together, computer science and journalism. Profitability would no longer become an issue, but instead reporting on the human condition and examining ourselves as a whole.