Friday, May 22, 2009

journalism is dead?

Hey guys,

Sorry that I’ve been such a poor writer so far. It’s ridiculous how fast time goes sometimes and you feel like you’ve done so much, but yet nothing. But yeah, work has been work, and a lot of it…boo. I keep consistently telling myself that there is this need to save up money, but I wonder sometimes if that’s just the big scary stupid recession that has got me twisted all wrong. Yeah money is important, but I’m beginning to hate it. Money makes the world go round? I say, lets remember what is important, not what makes artificial happiness.

Aha… ooo
Anyways, in response to your post Marina,

Print is dead, and Journalism is dead, has been some things I’ve heard before entering the program, and now I’ve been hearing those big statements even more. The media is changing and we are going to be growing up as journalists in a different time, that’s for sure. But I don’t think print is dead. I think that maybe newspapers are being run out because the population that so relied on its medium is dying out, and the people of younger generations, such as even your parents and us, are tapping into different media sources to get educated on a dose of current events. So it’s no surprise that newspapers are all going to be switched to a different medium…I think most kids are growing up in a more touch sensitive environment, so sitting down and reading a newspaper would take too much of their will power to pay attention. Aha… yikes.

But I talked to the journalist man about it, and he said that most people would rather subscribe to a magazine than a newspaper, because magazines hold an aesthetic value that newspapers lack. But still there is a problem with subscription; the question is how do we “lure” people in to be interested in subscribing?

I’m not too sure about audiences anymore. Like for example I am so selective in what I like to read. I used to read everything that the Globe or New York Times had to say, like all the articles, but I’m finding that now I am more selective. I don’t enjoy reading war reports or plain facts without a more in depth inquiry of what happened and why. I think I’m more attracted to stories that inspire me, than just random news. So I wonder if certain audiences will just choose certain bases on which to gather their information?-probably. Merrk that doesn’t really conclude anything.

But yeah, what do you guys want to write about? And where do you guys want to make your mark? With what audience?

Haa.. well I hope your summers are all going well!


Ps. Eva, interesting speech. I’m thinking maybe I’ll have something to say about it after I’ve digested it? Maybe… aha…


  1. Sigh... I just wrote a response, but thanks shitty computer for changing the page on me before I could hit post! :P

    Time to remember what I wrote...

    Oh yeah

    I agree with that. I love a story that can inspire, but a story like Peters, not so much a story arc one, for example here's a problem/struggle, and now here's how I overcame. Although those can make awesome stories they are repetitive and can be quite dull. I want something original to read. I want people stories. I love life stories. If I had it my way, I'd do stories like the one we did with Peter, except globally! The world needs more inspiration, especially in times like these.

    And I agree with the print thing too, but I should've been more clear. I meant print hard copy not virtual. The virtual stuff will be around for a long time (hopefully...) but hard copy isn't economic at all and isn't convenient most of the time, so what's the point?

    As for subscribers... That's a tricky subject.. I think I'll just hire a professional marketer. :P

  2. Posting with my LJ name... coz I'm spechul!

    I think what you mentioned about magazines having more aesthetic value is true. Newspapers are big, bulky and black-and-white, and in a multimedia generation like ours, these characteristics do not appeal to us anymore. Why read a boring looking, bulky newspaper, when you have the same news on a shiny flat screen only a click away? Plus, hard copy print goes against our environmentalist standards... how many trees does it take to make one Calgary Herald?

    As for types of stories... I have to agree with both of you... inspiring stories are wonderful. In fact, the story we did with Peter made me think that there should be more stories like this out there. But even some inspiring stories are turning boring, and are being sensationalized for our viewing/reading pleasure. Inspiring stories need to be strong and beautiful, not a collection of heroic facts and false praise.

    And audiences are becoming more selective because they can read/see whatever they want on the internet, sometimes for free, sometimes not. And subscriptions to magazines are now online, so you don't have to have a pile of magazines laying around in your living room... and I think they should stop hard copy magazine subscription.

    meh, end of long rant.