Double or Nothing

Future In Journlism

At the moment a big question mark looms of the future of journalism, no one can seemingly tell where it is heading. Like everything, journalism is being forced to evolve with the digital age. The uncertainty lingering over the future of journalism is encouraging many students to undertake double degrees, not only to aid them on their career path but also creating a career backstop due to this uncertainty. I recently interviewed four of my fellow classmates about their career aspirations and their thoughts about the future of journalism, some were concerned, others excited but all presented valid ideas. Blair Hendricks is studying a double degree in journalism and communication and media, he hopes his approach in paring the two somewhat similar degrees will give him a leg up when applying for jobs within the media and journalism sector. Talking about the rise of citizen journalism Blair hopes it will not hinder his chances of finding work but will add an aspect to his work that previous generation journalist were unable to provide. Blair said “Doing a double degree has filled me with excitement for the future rather than fear as I know I should be able to find a job regardless.” When asking James Hugson about where he hopes his double degree in Journalism and Science will take him he explained how he hopes to write for one of Australia’s biggest media companies being at their forefront of science and in particular technology sector. Proceeding to talk about the future of journalism Hugson said “I am excited to be at the beginning of a new generation of journalist. Although our role may be somewhat different from traditional journalism, everything undergoes evolution whether we like it or not.” Hugson’s view was juxtaposed by Jessica Vace who is studying journalism and international studies with intentions of becoming a foreign corresponded. When asked if she thinks technology will deplete the need for a foreign correspondent she replied “It’s a real possibility, as technology continues to shrink the world, it continues to shrink my chances of becoming a foreign correspondent. However, in a world where we are made to improvise, I have looked at other ways I can carry out my work such as making documentaries where I physically have to be on the ground, reporting, in front of a camera.” It was evident that Vace held grave fears about her future aspirations alluding to the idea she may look to change degrees in the near future. Blair Tatum has chosen a different approach studying a degree in journalism and commerce. When asked why he combined the two he said, “I held grave fear for the future of journalism. People have said to me “You don’t need a degree to be a journalist, it’s a waste of time, however it’s always been a core interest of mine. I am fearful of the future of journalism so I decided to pair it with commerce as I know I can get a job in that field if all else fails.” A degree in journalism can literally take you anywhere, especially when paired with another degree. Journalism will always exist, in what form it takes we will have to wait and see.