Seek Out Your News

The most significant thing I’ve learned in JOMC 240?

That’s a tough one – I’ve sure learned a lot. I’ve been asked to think outside the box and about the future of media more extensively than ever before, and I’m feeling optimistic – albeit potentially blindly – about what’s ahead for journalism and technology.

Who doesn’t enjoy looking forward to a world where virtual reality is in fact a reality and not just a figment of our imagination? Or one in which our news and technology is personalized specifically for us?

Though the future can be uncertain (and sometimes a bit daunting), I’ve learned to look at it with a sense of fervent anticipation. There are so many brilliant minds out there who are going to become some of the world’s greatest innovators and will completely shift the way we think of/consumer journalism. This I know is true – some of them are my classmates.

Journalism may be experiencing a shift, but it is not dying. In the future, we are going to be exposed to more news than ever before, and it will be easier than ever to stay informed. However, the most significant thing I’ve learned this semester is something we discussed during the first week of class.

In order for journalism to survive, we must possess an inherent desire to actively seek out the news. I would argue that most people enjoy being informed of what’s happening around them, at least to some extent. But that desire must remain intact.

Journalists are going to be doing everything they can to inform the general public. They’re going to be personalizing our news for us and shoving it right in our faces. It’s going to be more difficult for us to remain uninformed than to be made aware of what’s going on around us.

Still, there are going to be people who won’t want to be bothered by the news. There will always be those who are apathetic about the happenings of the world and those who opt to take the “ignorance is bliss” approach. But those people won’t cause journalism to die out.

So, JR, you’ve taught me many, many things this semester, but there is one that I’m going to take with me for the future:

The news will be there. It will be readily available for us whenever we want it. But we must possess the desire and make the conscious effort to consume it.

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