I was lucky enough to interview four budding journalists at UOW to ask about future aspirations and issues in journalism today. What I found was interesting was how some answers were completely different while others were very similar. It seems that no matter what kind of journalist one wants to be, we’re all in this together.
When asked what the exact job they wanted was, my three interviewees answered very confidently:
“Chief Editor of a magazine … like Frankie.”—Sofia Casanova
“Video game commentator/reviewer.”—Scott Charman
“Host a news comedy show in Australia.”—Riley Jones
“Own [a] scuba business on a small island in the middle of the ocean.”—Lucy Daly
Some very different answers! However, when I asked them about issues in journalism today, their answers were quite similar. I asked if journalism has changed much in the last few decades.
“Paper is becoming outdated,” Casanova said. “With the transition from print to online, things are looking bleak for magazines because of how much people seem to hate hard copies.”
Daly agreed: “[There’s] the emergence of new technologies, the overwhelming presence of the internet.”
Charman spoke about the rise of satirical journalism, and the new focus on video media, which he says, because of this, “review journalism has become better.”
“I think comedy journalism has changed … with red tape and censorship, but has also become … more free with the Internet,” Jones commented. “It is really a new emerging type of journalism, only gaining traction in the recent decade.”
Aggregation has become a big issue in journalism, and each person also explained their ideas on it in journalism.
“I think it’s great! It’s simple [and] short,” Casanova said. “[It] gets the word out.”
Jones spoke about how both aggregation and curation have their places in journalism. “It is convenient and puts all the news in one spot. Laws around it … seem redundant as all news is aggregated to an extent.”
The only answer I got that was different was from Daly, who sympathised with the journalists who write the articles being aggregated. “They put all this work into their piece to have it spliced up and put into another story,” she said. “There should be some kind of permission granted.”
It seems each student knew their views on issues in journalism, however, when asked about their future, each person was uncertain, except Casanova.
“[I’ll be] the chief editor of a magazine,” she said. She added that she’ll be “stable, successful [and] having fun.”
The other weren’t so sure.
Charman said he’d like to be “doing something I love.” Jones would like to “be paid to be funny”. Daly said she’d like to be “weathered with experience,” and would still be travelling.
I talked with four very different journalists, four very different people, who had one common interest: journalism. Although journalism is competitive, journalists know they must band together to keep the profession alive. And I have hope that the future of journalism will thrive thanks to people like these.