The Evolving State of the Journalism Industry

When Newsweek started printing 80 years ago, its founders probably never envisioned a world where information would be disseminated as rapidly and thoroughly as it is in our world today – or that readers would be consuming that information on digital tablets and computer-like cell phones instead of on paper. Now think even further back: when Johannes Guttenberg first developed the printing press. It’s doubtful he pictured today’s newspapers with their high-resolution images, intelligent design software and ability to share information from cities thousands of miles away.

Throughout the last few years, the industry has seen a decline in newspaper and magazine sales and increasing costs of print advertising. Couple that with the rise of independent bloggers and “citizen journalists,” and you have a formula for what some say is the “beginning of the end” for the entire newsgathering business – but don’t buy into it! The industry has been and will always be in a state of evolution.

As Newsweek prepares to enter its digital age and cease printing a weekly hard copy starting in January, it is both a shocking reminder of the changing industry and an exciting glance into the future possibilities of online news. The Daily Beast, online partner of Newsweek, receives more than 15 million unique visitors a month – up 70% from a year ago. With people increasingly visiting the site, company officials are confident in the publication’s ability to succeed online, and excited to transition into this new stage.

With most companies starting to funnel traditional advertising dollars into online media, standard forms of journalism may have a hard time staying afloat. But with websites like The Daily Beast likely seeing upward of 1.8 billion visitors by this time next year, the online realm provides a faster way to transmit information and a broader opportunity for advertising space and subsequent profit.

People who currently work in the industry or who are looking to break into it should be aware of these changes, as their future will likely be affected. However, they shouldn’t be disheartened or give up on a future in the industry – the ability to reach more readers and utilize more ad space will likely mean more jobs in journalism as time goes on. In fact, publishing and journalism jobs in Chicago are on the rise, and TV production jobs in San Francisco continue to climb – some say as a result of most news stations’ push for a stronger online presence.

These and other jobs can be found in the comprehensive listing of entertainment jobs on 4EntertainmentJobs.com. Not sure if journalism is your speed? We also just added music marketing jobs in SF, California to our list. Now that you know a little more about some industry changes, check out all of our jobs and apply today!

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