This week in class during grad student presentations, a bulleted sentence popped up on a slide. It said something about the future of journalism being uncertain. And I thought, well, not really. I don’t doubt that journalism will endure. Delivery and funding models will continue to change (because they must), but I don’t worry that people will cease to want reliable information and great stories that connect them to their fellow human.
We haven’t talked a lot this semester about what the future holds, or your anxiety or fears about that.
So let’s do it. This piece from the Washington Post sums up the myths about journalism and does a pretty good job of describing where we are, right now.
Read the piece. Then tell me, what worries you about the craft you’ve practiced this semester? What excites you, or gives you reason to feel optimistic?