Apparently it’s the golden age for journalism. But only if you’re a millennial. Wait, what’s a millennial? Am I one? I’m not sure!! But I’d like to be one!
Ahh!! It’s ‘a person reaching adulthood around the year 2000’!! Then I am one!! That was the year I got my first ever full time professional job as a journalist! Phew!! And I thought I was already a has been!
So now back to that golden age of journalism issue, which I originally read in an article on Digiday.com.
Journalists of this generation are steadfast in what they want and what they want is to pursue stories that they want to pursue. And with the varied kinds of new organisations that exists today, they are being offered all kinds of opportunities.
With organisations like Buzzfeed, Vice, Huffington Post, Politico and many more, they can choose the kinds of journalism style that is suited for them and just go for it.
Job hopping also becomes a factor because these journalists know what they want. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it means that it becomes more competitive to hold down a talented journalist. Hence, salaries start to increase too.
And, like me, these journalists are more demanding of work-life balance. I love the fact that I can choose to spend time working when I want to and also arrange my time so I can always have quality time with my wife and daughter. We need to feel comfortable and good about our lives to be inspired to do good journalism.
So, I’m glad to be a millennial. And for those who say I’m really bordering on Generation X… well… who cares! Hahaha!