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Print media not going away, even if ads and employees are

Posted by James McPherson on January 16, 2009

Most of the media experts we’ve met with here in New York (more than a dozen people in all) agree with what I’ve written previously on this blog: Print media will be with us for a long time to come.

At the same time, all of those experts agree that the media of the future won’t look like today’s–and no one knows exactly what they will look like. Though the experts disagreed somewhat on how much today’s students need to know about new media “tools and toys,” the specific technology increasingly used by news organizations, there is no doubt that new media will be increasingly important.

Several of the experts agreed that this is an exciting time to be a  a prospective new journalist, as the energy and skills of our best students combine with an increasing desire for news among consumers.

For more on the perspectives of a wide range of experts, and on student views of those perspectives, check out the class blog.

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One Response to “Print media not going away, even if ads and employees are”

  1. rosalindbrabner said

    I’ve just graduated from a journalism degree in the UK and couldn’t agree more with your comments. Luckily (however I like to think not all luck) I have managed to find employment within the industry but for many friends it is proving to be difficult. An awareness of new media is becoming more and more important for journalism graduates.

    I can imagine in the coming months a boom in online pay per view advertising on news sites which will demand even further the new media/online skills from journalists. However I do believe that as interactive as news and media become there is nothing quite like having a newspaper/magazine in your hand accompanied by a cup of tea.

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