What I've come to learn about newspapers is that the era for newspapers seems to be slowly dying. I think newspapers will still be around maybe even 10 years from now, but just in reduced form: fewer delivery days per week and smaller staffs. In order for newspapers to be able to thrive I think they will have to do a number of things differently for one, they're going to have to put the web first and start reporting from multiple sources, especially the web. Another thing successful newspapers are doing is finding their own niche. Mass-broadcasting doesn't really work as well because people like to find stories that interests them most or that impact them directly. I believe the way to go is finding what your journalists find most interesting and specialize in just one category of news like politics, local news, or only sports news, etc. One more thing I believe would benefit not only newspapers, but all news sources is being able to communicate with readers. It doesn't make sense for readers to not be able to comment on news stories. Allowing people to comment on news will do 2 things; for one, it will connect people making them want to come back and see what others think and allow people to get emotionally connected to your stories. The second thing it will allow is criticism. If people don't like the story because of how it was written journalists will be able to take this criticism and improve their stories and maybe even enlighten them to write about different stories.
Journalism will always be apart of our everyday life, but in order for journalism to continue journalists will have to continue to change and improve. Instead of thinking of themselves as only print journalists or broadcast journalists, they need to think of themselves as journalists, period! Journalists need o be able to report the news in publication, online, or in front of a microphone. So, future journalists need to learn how to think, but most importantly they need to learn how to learn. The media isn't the only thing changing. The whole world of work is changing and as a result people are becoming multi-skilled workers. People are having to manage lots of projects and priorities and develop new skills all the time. What does this mean for journalists? First, they're going to need to get experience in multiple fields in order to make themselves more applicable. The other thing they'll need is preparation for the future. Technology is changing more and more and journalists are going to have to be prepared for significant changes. The history of journalism is basically a history of technological changes. In all, sure, the way journalists do their jobs may change, but there will always be journalism and a need for journalists.