Why don't young people want to become journalists?
Why don't young people want to become journalists? Max Fleet BUN161015NEWS12

Next crop of reluctant journos: OPINION

WILL there be any journalists in 10 years?

Not if the results of my quick poll of a visiting group of students from St John's College Woodlawn yesterday is any guide.

When I asked whether any of the students wanted to become a journalist, not one raised their hand.

Fair enough, there are probably plenty of other jobs which pay more, or have better conditions, or seem more glamorous than journalism.

After dropping in for our morning stand-up meeting, they also had a look at our online analytical tool Chartbeat, then were part of the discussion about Facebook posts and took part in our allocation for the Saturday print edition.

It was then we opened it up to questions.

There were only a couple of questions from the group but one in particularly was pretty pertinent. How do we decide what is newsworthy?

Sometimes it is breaking news that just happens and sometimes it is a perennial issue that crops up like sharks and shark mitigation measures.

But I also said that sometimes our journalists discover news by tripping over a good story when they are out covering something more routine.

I cited the example of our Young Journalist of the Year, Cathryn McLauchlan.

Earlier this year she was at a citizenship ceremony when she spoke to a nun, who said it was the first time in eight years that she lad left the monastery.

Sometimes news reveals itself only when you ask the right question.



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