Journalism as a Dead End Endeavor


There was a time, back in the early 1990s, where I had a taste of working as a journalist. I did radio journalism, which required adding audio bits to stories. I liked it, but I couldn't make a living at it.

I think that that what poses a problem out there for many people is that, when they start to make a living in the field of journalism, they have to wear a lot of different hats:

Hey there newspaper reporter—has your broadband-powered job got you filing not only conventional stories, but blogging, video blogging, Facebooking, podcasting, picture posting, and Tweeting? If so, you'll be happy to know that the Federal Communications Commission earned its keep this week by coming up with a term for this ever growing set of digital duties: the "hamsterization" of American journalism.

"As newsrooms have shrunk, the job of the remaining reporters has changed. They typically face rolling deadlines as they post to their newspaper's website before, and after, writing print stories," the FCC notes in its just released report on The Information Needs of Communities.
It is a hamster wheel kind of situation. What do you do when you've mastered five different mediums and two of those become outdated and three more appear on the scene? As the different social media platforms evolve, what happens if you can't do a good job on video? Or speak extemporaneously on a live feed? Or type fast?

These are little things, but, for many working journalists, but these are the sorts of questions that have to keep being asked.
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