Storytelling still at the heart of journalism
By Andrea Frantz
Buena Vista University
If I’ve learned anything in my 30 years of teaching journalism, it’s that change is hard, but inertia will be the death of any academic program. What I teach today, at its heart, hasn’t changed a lot. Journalism has always been about great storytelling. But it looks and sounds a lot different.
A 2018 Washington Postarticle by Christopher Daly, posits the seismic changes we have seen in the journalism field in the last couple of decades are not all dire. According to Daly, “NPR is having a banner year, as are MSNBC and Fox News. The New York Times,The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal are reporting record numbers of digital subscribers…Podcasting, which did not exist as a career five years ago, is exploding.”
In fact, it’s the podcast explosion that brings me to my own embrace of change.