>What is the fate of newspapers?Posted: September 14, 2007
>There’s a great article on a blog called MediaShift that looks at the changing face of journalism. Is it disappearing or shifting into new media? Many of the nation’s biggest dailies have announced layoffs lately, but where are these people going and how is the news still being produced? In “Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions,” writer Mark Glaser notes that a lot of journalists, including many freelancers, are moving into “digital jobs,” reporting online in blogs, online papers and other outlets. Journalists aren’t becoming obsolete; they’re changing how they work. It’s an interesting piece, definitely worth reading and thinking about, whether you’re just beginning to write or have been doing it for decades. Where will you and I fit in?
Surveys have shown that the younger the person the more likely he or she is to get news from the Internet rather than a daily newspaper. What does that mean for freelance writers? Where should we be pitching? Is the newspaper like the mother ship from which we launch into the online fleet?
What do you think?