I’m having a difficult time accepting that this is my senior year. Of course I’m relieved to be nearing the end of my journey through my undergraduate career, one filled with reading textbooks I won’t be able to sell back, long hours in the edit bays with screaming people in the booth next door, and certain professors who critique every syllable of classroom discussion. However the journey into the real world is not so easy. Every one laughs at the journalist whose profession is going the way of the floppy disc and flip phone. Although I am a multimedia journalist, one who mixes broadcast, print and digital media to produce stories, there is still the buzzing question: “Who is actually a journalist?”
After going to school for journalism for four years, I sure hope I will be considered a journalist. It’s difficult to define who these journalists are with blogs, WikiLeaks, sites like BuzzFeed or Mashable, and using 140-characters to spread the news. I find out most of my breaking news from Twitter or Facebook like any good Millennial. As the business model for advertising in news is changing and publishing giants are cutting talented staff members, our generation will decide who’s who in this business.
Sticking to our values, unending work ethic and type-A personalities, I think my fellow journalism students and I will do fine. Despite all the changes in the world of journalism, credibility and killer storytelling will stand the test of time.
Let me know what you think about this because it’s really stressful as a student thinking your time has been wasted getting a degree when you could have just gotten a job as a “journalist” at a blogging site.