If you are a young talented writer, photographer or video journalist – why would you want to go into newspaper journalism or to a lesser extent television? The journalism iconoclast has a great post about how journalism is bleeding out its brightest and youngest talent.
And the question you have to ask is why would someone want to go into this career right now?
The answer I have is don’t. Don’t do it. At least don’t depend on big media mega companies being there forever. Have a backup plan. And don’t major in journalism, minor in it. And if you have to major in it – double major. Have another major that you can fall back on if journalism collapses.
And if you are a writer, then you have to learn some other skills – web design, photoshop, video editing, video shooting and more. If I was going into journalism today, then I would double major in journalism and graphic design – with a heavy emphasis on web design.
Anyone who calls themselves a journalist in 2008 and is still a journalist in 2058 will have more than a few curves to navigate on their career path. Be ready for it, be aware and be willing to learn new skills and new technology.