At a time when the media is so publicly on trial, jobs are few and print is struggling, The Journalism Foundation spoke to the next generation of journalists about why, at this point, they feel drawn to a career in journalism.
This month, the foundation went to City University to speak to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level about why they want to be journalists and what they think the future of journalism holds for them.
We spoke to students from a range of journalism courses, including investigative reporting, broadcast and television, newspaper and science journalism. The video above is a collection of some of the best-articulated views, however, the range of responses was varied and complex. Despite this, the students were united in the view that journalism is undergoing a significant revolution.
Eleanor Whalley, an MA broadcasting student, says that she and her fellow student journalists “are sitting on the cusp of a big change”. Having experienced the public investigation into the culture, practice and ethics of the press in the form of the Leveson Inquiry, she says that her generation of journalists will “remove the monopoly that people like Murdoch have over it”.
Vincent Carroll, a fellow broadcasting student, mirrored this view agreeing that his generation “may in some way be able to throw off the shackles of their owners and bosses, which will lead to more accurate reportage.”
Carroll believes the responsibilities of journalists are no different to anyone else: “don’t lie basically. [It] is an ethical principal everyone should live by anyway.”
Another student, Charlotte Burden, said that she felt the current climate of uncertainty only made journalism all the more tempting.
“It is good time to be going into [journalism],” she said, “things are about to change.”
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