An accidental trawl through my old blog posts unveiled two articles predicting almost exactly the same as I’ve written about recently….from 2006.
“Never a better time to be a journalist” (31st December 2006) highlights an article from Andrew Neil saying:
The journalists of tomorrow will write for newspapers, contribute to magazines and podcasts, work for TV production companies, write their own blogs, because you wouldn’t give them a column – and then they will sell the blog back to you at an inflated price…“The journalist of the future…will have more than one employer and become a brand in their own right.”
“Futures” (28th September 2006) I put it (not so) delicately:
If you’re a newspaper journalist, you’re fucked. No not really, but it seems big change is on the horizon for the old hacks. UK paper circulation is declining big time; one doomsayers predicted something like 2043 as the year the last newspaper closes down.
I don’t know, it took me completely by surprise people were predicting this media revolution as long as go as 3 years ago.
Journalism tip #218: always be able to recycle old content as new!