Is journalism actually dying?

(No, because the world would end without it).

As some of you may know, Gannett, a major news corporation that never seemed like it would end, and BuzzFeed, a hugely popular and trendy news site, both recently laid off massive numbers of staff.

For a young journalist or any journalist for that matter, this is terrifying. To be honest, I do not know much about Gannett Newspapers. But, I do know a lot about Buzzfeed.

BuzzFeed is one of the few news sites I actually don’t mind reading. They have an extremely tasteful mix of memes, horoscopes, cute puppies, and of course, hard news.

I particularly enjoy the way they incorporate news within their naturally more relaxed and modern style. It makes them something fun and not just your typical super boring news story. I appreciate BuzzFeed, and before my focus was on Media Marketing and Public Relations, I really wanted to work there (and if we’re being honest, if I had the chance to work there I one million percent would).

BuzzFeed is every young journalist’s dream destination. Who wouldn’t want to work in New York or L.A. for a young and hip company that has young hip employees who come off as super chill and funny? You would be insane to pass up that offer.

Photo by Sam Trotman on Unsplash

Or would you? With the layoffs, I am starting to realize just how dicey getting a job as a journalist is. Getting paid the bare minimum with unpredictable hours doing somewhat crappy work at first is not ideal for anyone. Plus, in today’s climate, job stability is possibly at an all-time low.

When I started school as a journalist, I honestly would not have guessed BuzzFeed, of all companies, would be doing layoffs.

After reading an article on the layoffs from the Slate, I got more perspective on what this means for the journalism.

Basically, news media drastically underestimated the internet and its power. Before the internet, it was all newspapers and TV news. When the internet came, newspapers lost a lot of their ad revenue.

The Slate talked about how we think of newspapers as just hard news, but we must remember that back then, the newspaper was our modern day Craigslist. It held the classified ad section, cartoon section, puzzles and crosswords, and more. Basically, it was some of the major things we had on the internet, but on paper. And not to mention, it was the quickest way to get news.

So basically, we need to find a way to fix the big issues with news media today. Since the internet is not going anywhere anytime soon, and it a super fast moving and upgrading entity, we need to figure it out. Only time will tell what will fix news, but it is up to young journalists to do it.

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