Books and Journalism, Learning to Evolve


Nothing beats the smell of a fresh, new paper-backed novel. However, with classic novels evolving into e-readers and other forms of technology such as kindles, it’s no secret that today’s digital revolution has cleaned out our bookshelves.

Barnes and Noble claims it now sells three times as many digital books as all formats of physical books combined. Similarly, Amazon sells 242 e-books for every 100 hardback books. This isn’t surprising, although what does this mean for the future careers of brilliant authors and writers?

With the era of digital publishing and reading, the future for author advancement is coming to a close. Authors depend upon their future profits, therefore they sink themselves into debt on the chance of a brand new hit. In reaction to the reduction of their living wages, lots of today’s writers have decided to abandon the mainstream altogether. Authors want to be in print, and appear in bookstores, not on our phone screens.

As for journalism, there’s a big rumor floating around that journalism is “dead.”

Only silly folks can believe such a tale, journalism is not dying. It’s evolving, and journalists are just now learning how to evolve with it. People all over the world still have enthusiasm for telling stories, and that alone is enough to keep journalism alive.

Being a high school writer on my newspaper staff, I’ve witnessed the enthusiasm and excitement today’s generation of young writers have for journalism. Early November, I traveled to DC for the National Journalism Convention where thousands of highschool students from all over the country came together to celebrate and learn about the growing evolution of journalism and its branches.

Social media holds some credit to the journalism boom. Because of today’s technology, news is traveling faster and faster and becoming more accessible. Just minutes after something remarkable happens, the details are posted within minutes online. People crave news.

Although newspapers aren’t doing very well, the content that’s found in them can still be accessed, just in a different form. Journalism has undergone some major transformations in past few years, from traditional newspapers themselves, to radio broadcasts, to television, and now to the Internet. The mother of all information.

Journalism isn’t about the form that it takes, it’s about the facts, opinions, views and stories that are available to the public. Journalism, like any other industry, has to adapt and move with time. Thanks to the Internet, journalists and writers now have several opportunities to be read and noticed. By including images, links, audio, videos, these writers can find their own creative outlet to utilize their stories even better.



Some people don’t believe that journalism can thrive without newspapers, but maybe journalists just need to learn when it’s time to step away from tradition. Society doesn’t need newspapers, it needs the material that’s published in them. This content is just in the process of being presented in a more modern way.

For books and journalists, storytelling will never die, it’s just shedding off some old skin.

What do you think about the decline of newspapers? Can journalism survive without newspapers? Can authors and journalists learn how to present their stories in a new technological era?




  1. Great perspective! The latest “hit” on traditional journalism makes me wonder about the quality of writing and how that, in itself, will change with the rise of social media. With the rise of services such as Netflix or Spotify, how would it benefit the industry (relying on $$) of journalism to search out old-school, novelist types of writers? Sure, you get extreme quality of writing, but at the expense of time and convenience for the consumer, with the latter being what contemporary society treasures more. It scares me, because, like in all societal changes, there is no one “right” way to go!

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