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The present and the future of news and journalism

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News isn't breaking -- it's already broken apart into something completely different than it once was. And all you need are these two reliable sources to verify that fact: the millennial generation and one a few before it.

It's unclear what's scarier: how much news has changed or that someone knows Joel Waldman and not Murrow, Cronkite or Brokaw. Either way, with the emergence of everything from Twitter and Facebook and alternative news websites from Mashable to Gawker, the Intercept, Vice, and Vox, it's abundantly clear the new age of news has officially arrived.

Professor Jeff Jarvis of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism says news isn't what we say it is anymore, it's what the public needs and wants. And it's no one's fault: it just is, he says.

The professor, who studies the changing face of news for a living, says what was once old in journalism is new again. Jarvis contends that before what he describes as "trusted, institutional" anchormen like Edward R. Murrow, smoking cigarettes in studio, and Walter Cronkite, newspapers ruled -- lots of them, with just as many viewpoints.

Jarvis says with the dawn of the Internet, more choices than ever before are now at our fingertips waiting to satiate our seemingly endless appetite for news. He says people can share information with each other without news outlets. That means journalists have to add value to that, he says.

Is this good or bad?

The executive director of the American Press Institute, Tom Rosenstiel, has an answer for you: yes. It is an intentionally ambiguous answer.

Much clearer is the deplorable, deteriorating numbers for both newspapers and traditional TV news. 75 percent of the classified advertising in newspapers from a decade ago is gone and revenues are down 40 percent. The number of print reporters is 30 percent lower. On the TV side, the network news audience is half of what it once was in the 1980s.

Jarvis says journalists have their brand, their own reputation, their own Twitter feed. He says a media brand becomes a collection of brands.

Jarvis says if you consider the first newspaper was not printed until 150 years after the birth of the printing press, when it comes to the web, we are still more than a hundred years away from that tedious evolutionary process of what news is still to become

Murrow used to close his newscast with: "goodnight and good luck."

It seems we'll need some to keep up with the ever-changing face of news.

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