The Fall and Rise of Media

Leave it to the New York Times to be do dramatic.

A few weeks ago, David Carr wrote an article chronicling the good old days of journalism. The piece talks about the end of the decade and how different the bid media companies were just 10 short years ago.

Here are some startling facts Carr has for you:

“employment in communications in New York had lost 60,000 jobs since 2000.”

“After 2000, jobs in traditional media industries declined at a rate of about 2.5 percent annually and then went into a dive in 2008 or so.”

Obviously the job setting in New York, and other big cities around the nation, has changed dramatically in the first decade of the 2000’s. But by now, those you still have a romanticized version of journalism (guilty as charged, I love All the Presidents Men) have changed their minds either about the profession in general or in what direction they will be taking it.

As my friend Kaitlyn Anness, a journalism student who is also the news editor for The Whit  and had a blog called The Unpaid Intern, said about journalism:

“Now, more than ever, students need to market themselves. They need to become unique. They need to blog, to create media that has never been thought of. Students need to understand and play into the interactive world of digital journalism.”

While Carr’s dramatic depiction of the fall of the media  is true and depressing to those in the journalism field, it is also a new challenge to those just breaking into the field and those who have to reinvent themselves.


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