Future of Journalism

Philip ChubbPhilip Chubb, Head of the Journalism Department, and Gold Walkley winner, talks about the future of journalism.

“Young people thinking about becoming a journalist sometimes wonder about the future. The old newspaper business models are changing under pressure from the digital revolution. But newspapers and journalism are not the same thing. The skills of journalism are to research insightfully, interview artfully and write cleanly and crisply. These will be in demand for as long as democracy is alive.

“There is no more important job than journalism. It plays a crucial role by scrutinising and holding to account those in power and with influence; it exposes corruption and sheds light on systemic failings. Its essence is in finding the truth and telling the story, whether in politics, fashion, sport … The field of interest is as irrelevant to the quality of the journalism as the medium through which the story is told.

“Media are fragmenting, not disappearing. New, smaller digital outlets are being established because the cost barriers to entry are now virtually non-existent. Instead of having to buy printing presses and trucks, those wanting to start up just need a website and the ability to think, write and produce well. Modern technologies have opened up the scope of what a journalist can do, and where they can do it from. It is an exciting and entrepreneurial age for journalists. The evidence for this is the students who continue to find work as journalists and whose testimonials are featured elsewhere in these pages.

“As a Monash’s journalism graduate, you will inform and shape the future. The only question is: what is the world you would like to create?”