The not so dark future of journalism

the future of journalsimFor me, Journalism was a bit of a hit and miss. Despite being terrible at sport, I loved the thrill of winning a game and being in a competitive environment so naturally I aspired to be a sports journalist.

What I was bombarded with during my decision was ridicule and doubt from many of those around me. They would say things like “technology advancement is too great for journalism to stand as a career anymore,” or “the world of interconnectedness is too great for Journalism to continue,” etc …

The bottom line was that the future of journalism for my generation was thought to be dark, as nearly everyone had access to broadcast themselves through Facebook and other social media platforms.

After researching continuously through the internet, it came to my knowledge that journalism has never really stayed the same throughout it’s history. With  inventions like radio, television and now the internet tipping the journalism world upside down, a clear message stood out to me; Journalism will never die, just evolve.

One thing is for sure though, visual appeal is paramount for the future. I think video will dominate our age of journalism as it is the most efficient way of expressing information to the largest audience.

Huffington Post author Randy Bennet agrees saying, “Visual journalism will drive engagement and deeper understanding.”

Another article written by Isabel Calder in the blog – SND, said, “pages with visuals receive 30% more page views than comparable pages without.”

As time goes by and technology advances, it’s not all doom and gloom. A new wave of journalists are pioneering the rough-unpredictable waters of our chosen career, shining the light through the not so dark future of journalism.

Sources –

1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-bennett/why-the-future-of-media-a_b_5175710.html

2. http://www.snd.org/2013/11/5-takeaways-from-the-future-of-visual-journalism/

Bruce Jenner: an Unlikely Hero

jenner bruce the marnMy time spent watching television mainly revolves around sport, news, movies and the odd MTV show. It’s probably not an unfair assumption to say that all of these programs are directed at male audiences. This is why I found it quite astonishing to catch myself entranced in the two part series of Bruce Jenner’s gender transformation, which was aired on channel E! as part of the ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ Season 10. I’ve never really watched the show before apart from when either my sister or mum have been in charge of the remote, however as years have gone by, I’ve slowly become familiar with it’s characters.

Bruce Jenner, the father of the billionaire family has always appeared as a very manly man, that is why I was very shocked to hear of the news about him recently deciding to face his gender identification issues and begin the transition to a woman. His Olympic, hardened, manly status was soon forgotten as I watched the teary eyed Jenner explain to his family about the decision and how important it was to him.

Personally I have never felt sorry for the Kardashians and their falsely dramatic lives which they portrait on their extraordinarily  popular reality show, but on this occasion I did because it was like they were saying goodbye forever. But then I thought if a man of this status could come to the conclusion that he wanted such a large transformation in his life, it must definitely have had an impact on other transgender people in the world. It could have a positive effect on a lot of peoples lives. And with a staggering 48% of transgender people attempting suicide, It turns out I was not the only one thinking this way.

Blogs such as Variety, The Drum and Go Kicker all wrote saying things like “Jenner inspired me to live a more authentic life”, and  “I walked away from the special wondering how many of us deny our true selves out of fear of judgement, ridicule and the opinions of others.”

Good on you Bruce, even though you lived much of your life that you didn’t feel yourself in, your decision to take this journey now is better timing than ever.

  1. http://gokicker.com/2015/05/17/bruce-jenner-inspired-me-to-live-a-more-authentic-life/
  2. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/glover-bruce-jenners-transgender-journey-an-inspiration/6426460
  3. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/bruce-jenner-interview-brave-transgender-equality-1201479704/

1 hour before exam

About to do my blog assessment piece about bruce jenner. Will be looking at transgender statistics and how bruce has become a stalwart in the world for people with transgender issues. Will also be referencing about other sources with the same ideas.