With newspapers going under all over the nation, journalism is becoming an increasingly hard field in which to start a career as the number of opportunities in traditional media are rapidly dwindling. Journalism students shouldn't despair just yet, however, as the web and other digital outlets are offering a host of new opportunities that may help fill the gaps left by the loss of many local papers and print magazines. Yet while new opportunities may be on the horizon for web-savvy journalists, that doesn't mean that journalism has become any less competitive and to make it into a solid job, students will need to know more than just how to write well.
One way to get a leg up is by studying the trends, technologies, and intricacies of the modern world of journalism, a goal which is most easily accomplished by becoming an avid reader of journalism blogs. We've collected a few here that we think are essential reads for journalism students, an update on our original list from 2009, which includes some new names and faces as well as some perennial favorites that we think journalism students shouldn't miss out on following.
Read up on journalism basics through the insights offered on these blogs.
Read news about the news, or at least the people who report it, through these excellent blogs.
Hear from students, professors, and experts on journalism on this diverse collection of blogs.
It's hard to ignore the dominance of the web and other forms of new media in reporting today, so don't. Instead, learn more about how to leverage these technologies to get your writing and reporting out there.
Who better to learn about journalism from than those who do it for a living? These blogs are all written by professionals in the field, offering insights into what they do, feel, and think on a daily basis.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Learn more about what goes into creating some of journalism's most iconic images.
Keep in touch with leading media groups and organizations through these blogs.
Politics and Criticism
These blogs take a hard look at journalism and the way it interacts with politics.
These blogs show the importance and difficulty that comes along with investigative journalism.
Need a few laughs? These blogs offer it up.
You don't need a journalism degree to report the news these days. Learn more about citizen journalists from these blogs.