Over the last decade, the internet’s increasing dominance in providing access to news and information has left traditional media outlets scrambling to stay afloat. Newspapers were the first victims, leading to massive layoffs and shuttered doors across the industry. Now, local TV news stations are the latest to feel the effects: news-producing stations reported average revenue losses of 36 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 State of the News Media study.
Is this the end of news media as we know it? Americans are noticing a decline in the quality of news coverage, a product of shrinking reporting budgets. Confidence in television news is at an all-time low. Newspapers and television news programs across the country face a daunting challenge, as they seek to engage audiences who are glued to computer screens and mobile devices. More and more Americans are turning to friends and family, including social media, for their news coverage.
Despite the massive changes that leave traditional news outlets facing an uncertain future, don’t discount the merits of pursuing a degree in communications just yet; a few careers show promising growth. As the internet has made the world smaller, and news and information gain a broader global focus, demand for translators and interpreters is growing. And as news and social media become more and more entwined, the skills of public relations specialists who can skillfully weave the two to project a particular image for their clients are highly valued.
The following infographic takes a closer look at the current crisis in print and TV news media as well as two rapidly growing careers for those interested in journalism and communications.
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