I’m in quite a weird spot studying digital media and journalism at the same time; both seem to somehow slightly contradict one and other. Quite a few times I’ve come right from a journalism lecture where the lecturer assured students that yes journalism is changing but with hard work you’ll be able to get jobs, into my digital media class with the lecturer asking why anyone would be so stupid to study journalism, awkward to say the least.
My journalism lecturer is right though, journalism is changing, I just think it’s changing more than they think. The main question we have to ask is, why would someone pay to get the same thing they can get for free? Most of the time, and I mean like 99.99% of the time they won’t.
So knowing this, why am I studying journalism? Well, realistically I don’t plan on getting paid to be a professional journalist, but there’s heaps of stuff that I want to do that use the skills that I’ll learn through it.
I’m just hoping the digital media will be a good fall-back….