There is no doubt that journalism had changed a lot in the last 10 to 15 years. People tend to take information from a lot of sources, and advertising revenues are difficult to get by which makes that all business models are difficult to get by. People are also less inclined to pay for information.
But all these changes really open opportunities that were impossible before. Lower overhead costs now makes it possible to dedicate more resources into journalism itself.
I am a fan of print journalism. But I don’t see a future with print journalism in the west except with very local journalism. What I see rather is that journalism will go from soft news to depth articles and commentaries. This is why many newspapers now use news agencies to work on their day to day »press releases » type articles.
There is no doubt that in the next few years, a robot will be able to write simple day to day articles. But the market for niche journalism or commentary is virtually unlimited. With overhead costs going lower and lower, it’s even now possible now to do experimental journalism, by doing crazy out of the this world things.
You have a laptop computer with the Internet and a crazy idea? Congrats. You could become a journalistic star if your idea is indeed really good.
This is why that even if journalism seems to have no future, it has one. One which could open a lot of doors instead of closing them. And with billions of ideas in the world, it’s possible to do anything. There is no doubt that perhaps in the next few years, we will see the rise of the hyper-freelancer, the person who is a journalistic star, but who is working by himself.