I was told journalism is dead. And although I had reasons that justified why I chose this program, I was skeptical about whether I actually wanted to be a “journalist”. After my first few weeks at Sheridan, my perception has changed drastically.
I believe that the goals of journalists have changed because the demand of the public has changed. Facts can make for an informative story, but perspective makes for an intriguing one. The growth of journalism has changed the way we think, interact and contribute; it has allowed me to re-evaluate my reasons why journalism is a career that is worth undertaking.
Traditional journalism is slowly diminishing and creativity separates one journalist from the next. Journalism is not dead. It’s changed. It is no longer simply about delivering facts. It no longer appreciates mediocrity. I think it is about providing perspective.
To be opinionated does not make a journalist a critic; it makes them progressive and unconventional. Perspective allows for a human connection that has the potential to reach audiences worldwide. It can create change, spark hope and trigger inspiration.
Self-expression and individualism will never die. This new dimension of journalism has opened doors to new ways of communication where opinions and ideas are cherished and challenged.
Journalism is about breaking conventions and deconstructing norms. It is about leaving the past behind and embracing the future. Journalism is most definitely not dead. It has simply shifted gears.