Journalism students have a bright future ahead

As the Media Musings blog comes online within the ChicagoNow network, many journalism students at universities across Chicagoland and around the world, are preparing to complete their degrees and enter the workforce. Other students are about to take final exams and take the summer off, going on vacation or going to internships or seasonal jobs, returning to campus in late August or early September to continue their studies.

As this happens, the world of journalism is changing right before our eyes. Consumption is shifting increasingly to the web and social media, as people look to get their news online to stay connected. News organizations are trying to figure out how to work in the digital age, as newspaper revenues decline and TV and radio stations try to stay up to date.

This has raised questions for the many journalism students who look to enter this profession. Will I be able to have a successful career? Can I thrive in the industry? Will I be able to make a difference?

As a recent graduate of Lewis University, I too asked myself these questions. I made observations about the industry and spoke to friends and colleagues of mine, not just in the industry but who study it.

City University in London, England, one of the most distinguished journalism schools in the world. (Photo: nomralfornorfolk/Wikimedia Commons umder CC license

City University in London, England, one of the most distinguished journalism schools in the world. (Photo: nomralfornorfolk/Wikimedia Commons umder CC license)

As I continue to research the industry and the effects the digital age has on it, not just for this blog but for Kettle Magazine, the online publication in the United Kingdom in which I am an editor and a writer, I have seen an increase in students who wish to enter the profession.

These students, regardless of where they study, want to go into journalism not for financial reasons, but they want to make a difference, be it in their community, or covering issues on a national or international scale. They want to make not only their communities better, they want to make the world better.

As this blog begins its work of examining the future of the media industry, and the affects social media has on digital culture, every journalism student should remember this. Regardless of platform, there will always be a need for journalism.

Journalism is a force for good and upholds the values of a democracy, allowing this world to be a better educated, informed, and inspired world. The students who pursue this goal will keep the profession in good hands for this generation and the next.

And that is something you can’t put a price on.

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