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Surplus Journalists, New Technologies & Billions of People Needing Accurate Information: What to Do

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  • James BECKMAN

    () (University of Applied Sciences, Fulda)

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Today many journalists are concerned personally with the matter of adequate employment after years of education and sometimes even experience. The demise of the “Big City” press in most American cities has been joined by new technologies to create a “perfect storm of threat AND opportunity. Using some ideas from the economist Josef Schumpeter, and making comparisons with the American academic job market, we consider options both within and outside traditional journalism. It is apparent that journalists with “get up and go”— Schumpeter’s entrepreneurs—will find a exciting world in which they should be able to apply themselves. The additional challenge will probably be that entrepreneurship is not a one time event, but an approach to life which may yield a number of job descriptions over the decades of one’s life.

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  • James BECKMAN, 2011. "Surplus Journalists, New Technologies & Billions of People Needing Accurate Information: What to Do," Revista Romana de Jurnalism si Comunicare - Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies – Universitatea din Bucuresti, Facultatea de Jurnalism si Stiintele Comunicarii, issue 4, pages 39-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:foj:journl:y:2011:i:4:p:39-43
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    Keywords

    Employability of journalists; new media; profitability of new media;

    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor

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