Are we swimming in the shallow end?

Chasing the sun across the globe- Taken by Jade Hall
Chasing the sun across the globe- Taken by Jade Hall

Lots of competition and lack of jobs, Journalism seems to have become a shallow pool for the hope driven. University of Wollongong Journalism students share with me their concerns of what’s affecting Travel Journalism today.

Monique Lombardo a first year student tells me, “My fear would be that ordinary people will take over my job” supported by “With a good camera and a quick wit most people can do our job,” said Lucy Daly. 

Both students seem anxious, perhaps not in the lack of jobs but with the rise in ‘Citizen journalism’ a concept Cassie Norris embraces, “Citizen journalists are there when the journalists aren’t, and they fill the gap in knowledge before the reporters get there.” Although this is true,

For every useful opinion, there always seems to be 10 useless ones,” states Jordan Bell.

There are many positives and negatives when looking at what affects Travel Journalism today, but which weighs higher?

 Jordan Bell, Monique Lombardo, Lucy Daly and Cassie Norris remain positive in a career which is known to be ‘dying’, “willing to work for free, do internships and do my time working the shitty jobs, its a good way to make contacts and get your foot in the door,” states Cassie Norris.

 With Technology highly relied upon within Travel Journalism, we are affected by, “the way we consume the content,” confirms Cassie Norris while,

Lucy Daly believes “there are always more to places, technology shrinks and categorises the world.”

Jordan Bell and Monique Lombardo view technology, once a threatening tool within the Journalism industry differently, “from an ease-of-access point of view it’s awesome!” tells Jordan Bell, contrasted with Monique Lombardobut it is this accessibility that allows anyone to do my job” while Lucy Daly depicts, “Technology can be an amazing asset to supplement a story or share your work.”

 The differences between those of a ‘professional’ journalist over those of a ‘Citizen’ journalist, are clearly evident for these students, “not everyone can be a journalist. Journalism, to me anyway, requires a level of compassion, empathy or intrigue that can’t be created by someone just setting out to produce content” argues Jordan Bell. Lucy Daly adds, ‘‘unofficial work can often be superfluous.”

If Technology and lack of jobs weren’t enough to affect a Journalist’s career, drawing in an audience is,

“Value is determined by the audience,” states Monique Lombardo.

With content exceedingly being produced on the Internet, many professional voices are lost among the unfiltered content produced by ‘unprofessionalism’.

 Hope however is plentiful, “I would rather be out exploring than behind a desk,” claims Cassie Norris, with her dreams bursting to become reality; Jordan Bell explains, “It gives me the freedom to travel the locations I want to visit in the world.”

It’s exciting, intoxicating and just a little bit edgy,” states Monique Lombardo, continuing to pursue her career, despite the affects of Citizen Journalism and Technology, Lucy Daly tells me, “Why wouldn’t I want a job that can move me where I want to go.”




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