Are Journalists the 21st Century's Buggy Whip Makers?

Dietrich, William
December 2006
Nieman Reports;Winter2006, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p31
The author discusses the implications of the era of digital technology for the newspaper business. The role of traditional newspaper reporters involves collecting vast amount of disparate information and synthesize it into coherent stories. However, digital technology offers an opportunity for everybody to become journalists in their own way by posting photographs, a wire story and some eyewitness accounts on the Web. Contrary to traditional thinking, media jobs are not disappearing. They are in fact on the rise as Web sites and blogs emerge to disseminate information. INSET: Vanishing Jobs at Newspapers.


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