Challenges Facing Journalism
For the week of April 16, 2017
As the traditional media business model changes and polls show the public is increasingly distrustful of the media, how are colleges preparing future journalists for this uncertain job market?
Guest: Gayle Golden, Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota
One of the main disruptors of the traditional media business model was Craigslist, says Golden. The loss of revenue from classified ads moving online resulted in layoffs at newspapers across the country. Since 2000, Golden says, there has been a 40-percent drop in journalism jobs.
Despite the uncertainty in the news business, Golden says her students are less concerned with income-prospects and more idealistic about the potential of journalism to tell powerful and meaningful stories.