By: Emily Balli
Just last week when I was distributing the new issue of The Voice around campus, I noticed that the previous issue that had been placed in the stands had barely been touched. Is it because many students don’t want to take the time to read and get involved with things on campus? Or is it because most students just find it easier to get all of their news online?
This is not only something that occurs here at GCC with The Voice, but also with much larger national publications. In fact, because many people no longer appreciate physical printed media like newspapers and magazines, many publications have practically been forced to go entirely online. I as an avid reader and writer and also as a journalism major, find this somewhat upsetting.
One thing I hear much too often when telling someone my major is, “Why is that your major? Isn’t journalism a dying field?” Although I try my best not let comments like that get to me, at times I do find it rather frustrating and discouraging. Rather than saying that journalism is a ‘dying’ industry, I like to think of it instead as an ever-changing, evolving, industry.
In all honesty, if I could have it my way, I would prefer that papers and magazines be on both mediums, both print and online. I truly see the advantage of both. On one hand, having a publication online is quick, convenient and easily accessible to millions of people around the world. In this era of technology and social media, news seems to spread so quickly online. However, just because getting news online may be more convenient, doesn’t mean we have to completely stop printed media all-together.
Printed newspapers and magazines have been around for decades, and many people like myself really love and cherish it. There’s nothing quite like actually flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine or drinking a cup of coffee in the morning while you read the daily news in the newspaper.
Even though I prefer print and probably always will, I also think it’s okay that journalism is changing and is now being accessed in a different way. I think that that’s one of the really cool things about the journalism industry. It’s able to change and progress with culture and technology.