Since the moment I decided to become a journalist, my family has been adamant with trying to change my major. My mom, along with the majority of society, believes all of the typical “journalism is a dying field” clichés. I feel like I’m constantly being suffocated by the fact that I might not have a job after I graduate from Penn State. But after attending the Foster-Foremann Conference this past week, Dean Baquet was able to help me realize that journalism is and will continue to evolve.
Baquet brought with him from New York a positive outlook on how technology has revolutionized the newspaper industry. It has helped The New York Times to reach a larger audience, produce stories more quickly and add an innovational aspect to articles including photos, videos and graphics. The shift to the Internet has made me understand that if I’m going to be a successful journalist, I need to be more than just a writer.
“Become proficient with all aspects of multimedia, become proficient at what it takes to become a reporter and learn what it takes to make news judgement,” Baquet told the room of aspiring journalists. I never comprehended before the Conference that to get hired with a powerhouse company in the news industry, you must be comfortable on screen, behind the camera, on social networks and basically anywhere else your editor wants to send you.
Right now, I feel very confident that I’m learning how to properly report on paper and on camera. I just don’t think that I’m currently learning enough regarding the new technology aspect of journalism. Baquet made me highly consider taking some kind of class that will help to shape my photography and videography skills. I think having a background in both will really help to improve my chance of employment in the growing world of technology.
Years ago, journalists did not have to deal with any of the problems that we have to now. But being able to be more diverse than just having a paper and pencil will make our jobs that much more rewarding. Baquet said it best with the quote, ” You get to recreate a great profession that deserves to thrive.” Technology is changing the journalism world as we know it but it will only help it continue to grow. I don’t want to rush college but I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us all.