In a time of buyouts, downsizing and uncertainty for the journalism industry, bright spots are emerging.
While many of these changes can be disheartening, some journalists are skirting doom and gloom and becoming entrepreneurs that propel journalism ahead. Take a look at the New York Times’ profile of VoiceofSanDiego.com for an example.
And it’s outfits like VSD and others that could make journalism a viable business model again. Just take a look at the recent $25 million the Huffington Post recently raised.
The point is, journalism is changing. While many are lamenting the evolution of what we know as traditional journalism, some without “formal training” are ripping away the reigns of the news conversation. Some of today’s bloggers could be considered “specials,” what reporters were called in the 1800s when they were revered by youngsters.
So let me ask you this: Are You the Future of Journalism?
Publish2 is hosting a contest RIGHT NOW for those who think they represent the industry’s future. All are encouraged to enter, either by video, slide show or text. Entries must be received by December 30, 2008. The winner will be put in the running for a job with Publish2, plus a $1,000 signing bonus – not too bad!
Check out the Future of Journalism contest.
Just so you know, I am not affiliated with Publish2, but I find this contest very interesting and necessary at this time. Despite the economic downturn, opportunities are abound for energetic and entrepreneurial journalists.
Whether or not you want a job with Publish2, the idea about charting the future of journalism and becoming its future is so enticing, ignoring this conversation is self-defeatist. So check it out, and post your links here if you don’t mind. I’m really interested in knowing what you think is the future of this industry and how you will shape it’s ongoing evolution.
Update: More info from Publish2