Posted by: Ciaran | February 18, 2010

The future of print journalism

Ever since I started here at Cardiff in September, our guest lecturers have been giving us very different pictures of the shape of the future. One week we’re told newspapers are dead, the next that they’ll be around for aeons yet. The common denominator – apart from the uncertainty – has been the idea that, while it’s a hard time to be getting in to the industry, it’s also a very exciting time.

I couldn’t agree more. No matter how difficult it is, I think the enthusiasm and passion for it from myself and my colleagues shows what a great future there is for journalism: if we didn’t believe that we’d all just go home and do something else. I’ve pasted in a few quotes below from some of the speakers and panellists at the NCTJ Student Council 2010 last Friday. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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Dominic Ponsford, editor of Press Gazette: “It’s not the worst time to be looking for a job as a journalist: that was last year. It’s the second worst time.”

Dave King, editor of the Swindon Advertiser: “The web and the paper used to be far apart, but now they sit side by side in a complemetary relationship.”

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors: “Be persistent, nosy gossips. When you become really good at being persistent, nosy gossips someone will pay you for it.”

Joseph Harker, assistant comment editor of The Guardian: “Being a print journalist, a writer, is no longer enough in itself… Yet I can’t still help but think that the importance of being a journalist is the written word.”

He added: “It’s not known how much journalism will have a value. I still still think our ability to disseminate news is the best. Whatever happens, newspapers and newspapers’s websites need to find a way of paying for themselves.”

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