As student journalists, it seems as if most of the future is unknown. 

Even while we were in high school, when we told people we were majoring in journalism, we got used to being asked what we planned to do with the degree.

But what many don’t realize is how far a journalism degree can actually go.

Throughout my time as a student journalist, I have been discouraged from time to time about entering the field. 

I have gotten negative feedback from readers, discouragement from those who think the media is “fake news” and have been told to have a solid backup plan if I don’t get a job. 

People are upset with print newspapers disappearing yet don’t want to pay for digital subscriptions to support them. As a result, local journalism is shrinking, and newspapers are faced with mergers and layoffs more often.

It’s important to remember, however, that journalism is always changing. Journalists create new ideas and adapt stories to new technology. Change is not always bad.

When you talk about being in journalism, most assume it means you are either broadcasting on television or writing in a newspaper. But that’s just scratching the surface of what the industry holds. 

Beyond writing and broadcasting, there are so many different ways to tell stories through mediums like photography, design, podcasting and multimedia. 

At Ohio University, journalism students can explore all the various forms of journalism. Students can sharpen their skills by joining various student media groups on campus. 

The Post is always looking for fresh ideas from new staff members. We’re exploring new ways to tell stories and are eager to hear from new minds. 

Some of The Post’s newest sections include long-form and our ever-expanding multimedia team. 

Last year, The Post created a brand new podcasting section, which puts out student-produced content about local issues. This year, we are combining our multimedia and podcast sections to grow our abilities to create stories in new ways. 

The long-form section was created so writers could have the opportunity to learn how to write longer feature pieces. Writers will be able to take the time to carefully research and develop the story. 

After meeting all those interested in joining The Post, I see a lot of hope for the future. We saw people interested in joining our publication from each year, including some who were not even journalism majors. 

There will always be a need for journalists. News can’t stop being reported, especially at the constant rate the public consumes online content. 

So, although the future of journalism may be unknown, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. 

Ellen Wagner is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Have questions? Email Ellen at ew047615@ohio.edu or tweet her @ewagner19.

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