When I was an undergrad student less than ten years ago, I decided to study journalism as my minor. Oddly, while the major was called Journalism, my university called the minor Print Media Studies — maybe in an effort to sound sophisticated. But since then, newspapers in the U.S. have struggled to stay in business, and “print media studies” sounds a lot more like a history degree than anything else.
Journalism still happens, of course, but the media landscape is rapidly changing. Whether this is a good thing for journalism is up for debate, and what journalism will look like five years from now remains a big question mark.
In Latin America, though, many newspapers are booming. PBS MediaShift, which tracks the changing media landscape, has a post by an international media strategist named Anne Nelson, who says: “[W]hat’s most striking about the Latin American news industry is the sense of dynamism. The digital revolution is coming to Latin America — but it’s arriving hand-in-hand with the news organizations, and that makes all the difference.”
You can read the whole post here.