Journalism Is Not Dead

Monday, February 7, 2011

This past Thursday and Friday, Simpson College students traveled to the INA Convention & Trade Show to engage their minds in becoming better journalists.

On Friday morning, Michael Bugeja, journalist, author, and educator, talked to writers about his views on social networking vs. newspapers. He believes that in this generation journalism is gone. As well as Bugeja, many people feel that social networking has swept over the popularity of receiving news.

As a college student wishing to pursue a career in journalism, the possibility of wasting your time writing a piece of work readers may never read is a scary thought.

Although online data has become very useful and easily accessible, young journalists should not give up on their dreams of writing for a newspaper, magazine, etc. Writing in a newspaper can provide a lot of the same advantages online sources can today.

Still worried? There is a great solution that many writers are turning to today: combining the newspaper and social media together. Many writers at the INA Convention Show were taught the advantages of both traditional media and social media.

The common phrase, "Two is better than one," has been an accurate statement for many journalists and reporters all over the world. Writers from past generations just may have to set up a Twitter or Facebook account to see if it can help provide better publicity of their work. With the increase of social media, it is a great time for writers to research the pros of mutually combining the two and seeing the steps they can take to reporting the news today.

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Nicole Dillenburg February 7, 2011 at 8:17 PM  

Combining the newspaper and social media together is a great idea, but I think that newspapers will eventually be overruled and social media will be the "new thing."

Kimberly Kurimski February 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

I can't believe that he thinks journalism is dead. I believe social media is helping journalism, not hurting it. It shocks me that he would in a way discourage future journalists to head in another direction.

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