Chair, Pulliam School of Journalism/Assistant Professor of Journalism
No. It’s evolving. Newspapers and traditional media have to adapt to new technology and our immediate access to information, but we will always need to know what’s happening in the world. It’s an essential piece of a functioning democracy. We choose our elected leaders based on their views toward issues in the world, but we learn about the issues of the world through the reporting of journalists.
Anyone who gathers information, puts it in a newsworthy form, and presents it to the public. You don’t have to work for a media company to be a journalist. You can do it yourself. All you need are certain skills and a desire to dig into the truth of what’s happening around you; capture it fairly with your words, photos, video, or audio; and present it to an audience in an engaging format.
I’m writing a novel.