“With apologies to Mark Twain, the death of journalism has been greatly exaggerated,” she says.
“There are still jobs in journalism, they’ve just changed form.”
Journalism is one of many industries touched by the revolutionary power of the internet.
For generations the popular image of a journalist featured a notepad and pen, with a “Press” tag tucked into the brim of their hat. Stories were written at a manual typewriter, and were published in a printed newspaper.
Today, the work produced by journalists is limited only by their imagination. Audio and video storytelling, interactive experiences, networked media, data journalism and cross-media hybrids have joined the traditional news media as potential outlets for modern journalism.
The principles that underpin much of a journalist’s work – investigation, ethics, storytelling techniques, and others – are still just as relevant today regardless of format, and can also be used in a wider range of disciplines, including corporate communications, media advising and public relations.
RMIT is at the forefront of the new media landscape, with a practical, forward-looking program that prepares students to work in the brave new world of journalism.
Curtis has one tip for those looking to prepare themselves to undertake a journalism qualification: read the news regularly.
“I would be reading the news as much as possible, and thinking deeply about it,” she says.
“When you read, ask yourself why that story is a front page story and not on page three, or four, or ten.
“If you start thinking about the news early, when we throw questions at you at the beginning of the semester you’ll have the advantage of having already thought about the answers.”