Saturday, October 9, 2010

Get Over It!

from Chloe Vietman on the decline of the old media:

People have been voicing such laments for about a decade now. Chafing at this point isn't going to bring back full-time arts critics at all the newspapers. It won't even bring back the newspapers. The fact is that the media landscape is irrevocably changing and we need to look to new alternatives for trusted, engaging writing and thinking about the arts. The blogosphere is full of people who aren't trustworthy as commentators. But I don't think it'll be long before trustworthy commentators rise to the top. It just takes time and patience for this to happen.

My response:

I understand the resentment and grief of those in the "old" media who are losing their jobs but we aren't the enemy. I may be a free lance journalist for the but I'm not some mindless shill, as some of us "new" media types are being portrayed. Arts bloggers, to pick one area, do come in assorted sizes, including the good, the bad and the just plain silly. But then, you could find the same thing in print media, back in the day. I remember when food blogs took off and many top chiefs were hostile and tried to forbid anybody from taking a photo of the food. Heavens forbid that a "regular" person write about a fancy restaurant. That was reserved for the newspaper food critic.

Well, that was then and this is now. Food bloggers became respectable because they can be good, very very good. I still wait for the day when that happens in art criticism because some of us (cough, cough, cough, ahem..) are good. We aren't as good as Robert Hughes in his glory days or the guys (mostly guys) who write for the current lot prestigious papers and magazines but a lot of us "ain't" chopped liver either.

What's past is past and maybe it's time for more to embrace the potential of the new media.

From the list of disappearing jobs:
Reporters and Correspondents
Employed in U.S.: 61,600
Change expected in next decade: -8%
Average salary: $34,850
Consolidation and convergence are the top reasons the news industry is shrinking. News outlets are increasingly sharing each other's content, which means they need fewer reporters and correspondents.
The news business gets hit particularly hard during economic downturns as most revenue comes from advertising, and companies spend less on advertising during a slump. Improving technology is one bright light, which could drive some employment in online or mobile divisions.
Competition is expected to be intense for jobs at large and national newspapers, broadcast stations and magazines. The best opportunities are expected to be with smaller, local news outlets as well as for online news organizations, as technology generates demand for online reporters or mobile news units. Writers who can handle scientific or technical subjects will have an advantage.

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