Our industry is facing a crisis.
It is difficult to pinpoint where this catastrophe began. Some posit that it is due to the mass anti-media sentiment spewed by the likes of Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
But did Trump help create this problem? Or did he merely capitalize on a time in our history when trust in traditional media was already waning?
We may not have all the answers, and no one can truly pinpoint the immediate causation of this widening chasm as media employment and revenue streams plummet.
What we do know is that it is incumbent upon us, certainly not just our organization or even journalists, but all of us to find a solution before it's too late.
"Our world is dramatically changing," said Rappler CEO Maria Ressa during a World Association of News Publishers summit. "We are standing on the rubble of the old world and we must create what the new one is going to become."
We need to solve this existential crisis so that journalism as we know it does not become extinct.
Rachel Glickhouse, a ProPublica journalist, pondered the industry's future in a contribution to Nieman Lab's Predictions for Journalism.
“In debates about the future of media, more attention has been paid to keeping companies alive than to the fate of the individuals losing their jobs. We desperately need solutions to make media sustainable for the future, but we also need to address unemployed journalists’ immediate professional, financial, and psychological needs,” Glickhouse said.
“Writing about the implosion of digital media, Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan warned last year that 'journalism stands to lose a generation of diverse talent.' There’s a lot more that needs to be done to address the crisis in journalism, and to recognize that it’s not only a business problem, but also a human resource problem.”
Are we witnessing the reckoning of journalism? Or is this simply the catalyst to spark the change for which our industry yearns?
Join us on Clubhouse this Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. PST as we endeavor to learn more about how we can save this critical element of democracy from further elimination in our conversational series, "Reimagining Journalism."