Journalism students don’t know

date
Jan 2, 2016
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2016-journalism-students-dont-know
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Published
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journalism
students
media
online media
journalists
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The challenges and disillusionment faced by journalism students in the digital age: a "meat grinder" profession with declining quality and increasing demands.
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Post
Journalism still carries an aura of courage and defense of society. Erica Berger, a former journalist from the Economist, talks about how the profession has become a “meat grinder” where the basic precepts of the profession are solemnly ignored, in this great text from Quartz.
In the 1950s, M. King Hubbard devised an economic theory about what would happen when humans hit our peak oil extraction point. Several decades later, I think Hubbard’s theory, with a little tweaking, makes for a pretty good descriptor of the current media landscape. Or, as I like to call it, “peak content.”
Most of the time, when we talk about journalism and media, we talk about ad dollars, circulation revenue, and attention (let’s be real—clicks) from the audience. I’m not the first to write about the decline in the quality of editorial content or ad dollars. But it is rare that we discuss what online media in particular is doing to journalists, writers, and editors in the fast-moving digital age.
Essentially, many newsroom writers and editors feel that they are bumping up against their maximum output, even as their bosses demand ever-more productivity.

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