Before I start, I would just like to give a humble, yet frustrated fist to whomever decided that I need to give out my parent’s financial information (a.k.a FAFSA) to get myself a student loan. Not to sound childish but: Um, hello? Why do you think I’m here? If my parents were providing any of this financial info into my pocket then I wouldn’t be here. Please take my fist and insert it somewhere painful.

Yeah. I went there.

On to print. Another thing worth discussing. There is a lot of fear that most print newspapers are going down the drain. Literally speaking, it’s quite accurate. Newspapers are drowning in their own drool right now. According to The Nieman Journalism Lab , most of the large Newspaper owners are filing bankt or close it.

But that doesn’t mean they are going to die.

No matter what there is still a huge need for news, or information, as we should all refer to it. Especially now in the internet age, people crave and have access to large quantities of free information. Why don’t we think they will still go to the same establishments to retrieve it? Just because there are a lot more places to go, doesn’t mean the originals will cease. It just means they must up their game in how they inform us.

When you ask people about what newspapers they know about, I guarantee you they’ll spit out something like, New York Times or Newsweek. We are used to these places and we like them. We don’t want them to go away.

The way we access and analyze information is changing. We can see this with the rise of such user-centered sites such as youtube and social networking sites such as facebook. Since the rise of these sites, people have been trained to be in control of what they publish, what they receive and how they “publish themselves”.

That’s a rather general example, but it does fit. So instead of saying that print is dying – it is much more fitting to say that it is morphing – evolving – if you will.

Furthermore, instead of panicking, everyone (especially newsies) should take this time to study what is going on around them and get with it. Fix it. Cultivate it. Save it, if you feel that phrase appropriate. Stop the crying about not getting the Times delivered to your door and about how bloggers and tweeters will never replace good, thorough journalism.

Thankfully, students are taking advantage of the situation. There has been a huge boom in j-schools around the country. Why? Because a lot of kids already get it.

It’s the time to act.

The way we inform the masses is changing, the way we gain information is changing, so let’s change with it and make it as plentiful as possible. Start a conversation, subscribe to a blog, get involved.

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Where do I even start is the million dollar question here. The future of journalism is murky to all of us. What I will try to cover in this post is an appetizer of things to come.

As a short intro, my name is Jessica Pacheco. I’m a 22 year-old journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno. When I am not in school, I am working for Insight Magazine as the senior and web editor.I also enjoy Japanese and Chinese culture and music.

This blog, in short, is not a solution to the problem currently facing journalism, but the start of a conversation about how we can better it. How we can accommodate for changing times.

A couple key points before you read on:
1. There are no simple answers.
2. Patience and innovation go hand in hand (so does bravery).
3. Mediocrity is not allowed.

I will not post boring stats about who is going under on this particular post. Though those numbers are depressing and important, I urge you to type ‘newspaper’ into google and see what you find. You’ll see a lot of key words/phrases like ‘bankruptcy’ ‘going under’ ‘not enough’ ‘transition’

The point is that we already know that times are dark.

I wanted to share  an article written in 2008, by a man who started his day as a reporter and ended it as an independent Journalist. It fits perfectly for what we will talk about in this blog. Change. Not only is it scary to some, it is also imminent to all of us. The face of journalism is constantly changing and we need to change with it.

Since the uprise of the internet, reporters and newsies around the globe have seen the change coming. The problem is that what you can get in the morning on your doorstep is stale by the time you get it. The nytimes you get in your inbox is updated constantly. We live in a thriving environment where this constant feed is necessary. The Annual Report on American Journalism for 2009 found that basically people want news all the time and not just at appointed times:

The data also suggest a clear trend in the changing nature of how Americans now learn about the world around them. People are relying more heavily — both during peak moments and in general — on platforms that can deliver news when audiences want it rather than at appointed times, a sign of a growing “on demand” news culture. People increasingly want the news they want when they want it.



Look at twitter. People love Twitter. The reason is called short-form blogging on the go. You can update about anything from anywhere. You don’t need to be a journalist to do that. In fact, the first news on the web about flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River was on Twitter. A journalist couldn’t have flown there faster to get the scoop.

That being said, we have encountered a situation where the old product we were offering to society is archaic. It’s like a address book. How many people do you know that whip out a little leather address book when you offer your number? People bring out their cellphones and put it in their memory. Printed newspapers are old and downright boring to the new generation. We’re also way overdue for an update. The update is here. This is conversation for it. How do we create a product that is distinguished, informative and appealing to our fast-paced world?

what do you think needs to change in Journalism?

Tell me your thoughts.