Evolution of Journalism

The current financial challenges facing news agencies have raised considerable speculation regarding the future of journalism. Indeed, traditional news businesses have laid off a huge chunk of their employees in anticipation for tougher days ahead. The layoffs and closures among print media houses have proved that the current set up of local news is unsustainable. The advent of the internet and the resultant social media space has not helped matters in today’s dynamic world (Engel 2013). The concept has encouraged communication and networking in the form of texts, pictures, blogs and videos thus replacing the primary role of print media. Particularly the transformation of social media into an influential tool for news breaking and communication is a threat to the sustainability of traditional news agencies (Dimitrov 2014). These events have rendered questions regarding the future of journalism, with some speculations regarding its death. But do these developments truly confine journalism, to its deathbed today?

Far from the myths of journalism undergoing a slow death, there is hope for journalism in the future. In fact, what has been speculated to be the death of journalism is nothing but a natural evolution of the concept. Consequently, journalists must adapt to the changing ways of the world if they harbor any chances of maintaining their relevance (Ryfe 2013). This paper critically assesses the assertion that journalism is dying by exploring its validity. The paper will rely on available evidence as well as an analysis of current trends in dissecting the topic further. While there is considerable evidence to show a decline in traditional forms of journalism, they do not in any way suggest a death of the profession. In fact, studies have pointed out to the fact that journalism is on an evolutionary path similar to those witnessed in other disciplines. Ultimately, the paper concludes that journalism is not dying but rather undergoing a natural process of evolution (Anderson 2013).

The advent of the new digital era has changed the face of journalism, but that does not spell doom for the profession at all. Today, there is more information across the different platforms than has ever been experienced before. Consequently, new facts are being announced today owing to the emergence of diverse news sources. In the past, the mainstream media was tasked with the reporting of important events as they occurred but today’s platforms allow for live coverage of the events as they happen. Essentially, therefore, there are more stories being fronted across the world allowing for archiving and searching of existing stories (Johnston 2016). As a result of increased awareness, popular and famous people are now watched closely, and people are able to share important events regarding these people of power. In addition, people are now more actively involved in the process of information sharing through comments on blogs, as well as sharing of available information (Dimitrov 2014). The phenomenon of witnessing, reporting and sharing does not confer a crisis on the journalism profession but rather an opportunity for growth and evolution.

It is no doubt that the new digital era is an affront on the traditional methods of news reporting of the past. In fact, the new transformation has presented a myriad of challenges to the past institutions of journalism. Nonetheless, challenges are only natural and do not essentially depict the death of a profession as old as journalism (Gravengaard 2012). The current challenge is purely based on models and not the actual content being communicated. The field of journalism is therefore under pressure to shift from the traditional business models of broad

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