Do the gains match the losses?

Posted: March 31, 2011 by Alex Vietinghoff in Uncategorized

The most optimistic thing I learned from the Pew Research Center’s overview of the state of the media:  More and more jobs.  They are mostly online jobs though, and it comes at the cost of less and less print newspaper jobs.

But I don’t think that we need to worry about that.  Everything comes at a cost, and by accepting that, we can truly appreciate all the opportunities granted by online journalism.  Stories can be posted/read closer to when they happen.  It’s easier to update stories. You have  a wider readership.  And the list goes on.

But we’ve also got iffy numbers on other media forms.  By the looks of it, everything is transitioning to online. (obviously)  This means we have to be extra vigilant to stick with the core values and principles of journalism.  In the online world, it’s all too easy to make mistakes, and once you do, the whole world knows about it.

What surprised me the most was that around 7% of americans use a tablet.

Honestly, I assumed that iPads would be a phase. I want one, like almost everyone else, but I don’t need one.  According to Pew though, The Daily is hiring, so that’s good for journalists who need work…

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  1. sharonfawcett says:

    After I posted my piece, I read the two blog entries already there–yours and Trevor’s. It seems we all were most taken by the same item in the report! The increase in online jobs. 🙂

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