Journalism dying or transforming?

There is a common idea that journalism is dying; newspapers are read less, journalists are finding it more difficult to find careers in traditional journalism, and newspaper industries are running out of business. In the slideshow, I discuss facts and ideas that have cultivated the belief of the death of journalism, and use photos to describe the journalism industry as well as the attitudes of DU students about such a belief. I incorporate quotes and thoughts from the interviewed DU students, whether they are journalism majors or not, to understand how the generation that will be the world’s next career-seekers feel about their futures post-graduation.

The slideshow also discusses the declination of enrollment in the journalism field within universities. Contrast from the article, where I only explain the turmoil of journalism as a career, the slideshow includes a perspective of the journalism hardships in education as well. This allows viewers to understand the scope of what people involved in journalism are challenged with, whereas the article restricts readers to only considering life after college.

I begin the slideshow with a long-shot of the Denver Post building, with a caption briefly explaining why subjects believe journalism to be dying. I use this photo and caption to begin my story in a general sense; the Post is Colorado’s newspaper so my audience will know what it is, and the caption eases the viewers into what the slideshow will be about. I continue to discuss the decline of newspapers coupled with photos of people reading the paper, throwing a newspaper away, newsstands, and someone looking for a job on Monster.com. I end this portion of the slideshow with a shattered newspaper stand to symbolize the “shattered paper industry”, followed by a portrait and a quote of a journalism student at the University of Denver, Justin Cygan, who shares his optimism of a career in journalism despite the decline of newspapers.

The second half of the slideshow includes photos and captions that discuss the declining enrollment of journalism students among America’s universities. I do not mention this side of the story in my article, so my audience is exposed to a new sense of turmoil. I include photos of the journalism building at DU along with some of people at the campus career center or registrar’s office. I end the slideshow with a quote from the subject I had used for the majority of my photos, who discusses why journalists should not be worried even though she believes newspapers will eventually cease. My 17th, and last photo, is of the lobby wall inside the Denver Post with decor reading “Inspire, Writing, Connect, Reporting, Lead”, coupled with another optimistic quote from Justin Cygan.

I chose the photos I did to provide enough effect so that my audience would truly understand why journalism is thought to be dying, thus making their own decision if the industry really is dying or if it is simply changing. The photos, statistics, and quotes I use provide my audience with arguments for both death and change, allowing them to ponder themselves about what really is happening. The visual of a newspaper being thrown away provides a deeper impact of how much trouble the paper has been facing, and helps my audience understand the challenges journalists face with a photo of someone searching for a new job. The portrait of Justin Cygan puts a face to the journalism world of writers, and the coupled quote allows my audience to realize how and why many are still optimistic towards the industry.

There is a photo of a single person sitting in a classroom by herself, paired with a quote explaining the declination of journalism education within universities. I chose this to help deepen the impact of how challenging it has been for journalism to stay afloat in education; the empty classroom will help my audience feel that effect. The photo of the shattered newsstand is a realistic one, that people might have seen but disregarded, but will now think about how it represents the newspaper industry whenever they come across a stand. I chose the photo that I did for my final one of the slideshow, along with Cygan’s quote defending that journalism is only changing, to keep the hope alive for the journalism field.

The photographic process was fun and challenging. I enjoyed going out and taking pictures, meeting people, and looking at objects through new angles. The process became difficult as I took more photos; I had a hard time thinking of ways to describe my story through photos while including them with people. I also realized how I could have taken a better photo of something when I was later choosing which ones to use in my slideshow. Next time, I would take more photos of the same subject so that I can later choose the best one, and not feel like I must go back and re-shoot. I learned that you can never take too many photos of something, and I learned how to respect and use a high-tech, fantastic camera. The photos I included provide the greatest impact to my story, and are some of the best photos I took. I excluded photos that seemed irrelevant, such as portraits of random people on the street, although I liked those the most.

My slideshow helps tell the same story as my article does, but does so in a visual way. My audience can connect the story to the world by seeing subjects that they might see every day, such as newsstands, the Denver Post, and people in general. This project inspired me to look at a new side of the story; the education side. When writing my article, I only stuck to the career aspect of journalism, explaining the declination of newspapers and readership. After I took photos of the journalism building at DU, which seemed obvious to do, I later had to think of captions that were relevant to such photos. This inspired me to research enrollment statistics of journalism field at universities, which I incorporated as half of my story. I enjoyed the entire process of this project; it helped me respect photography, and inspired me to love photography.

 

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