Five Reasons Journalism Will Never Die

Michael PeriattCorrespondent IMay 9, 2009

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09:  Members of the Australian women's seven team read the local newspaper after arrival at Sydney International Airport on March 9, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. Australia defeated New Zealand 15-10 to win the first ever Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens title in Dubai.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

It's a scary time for text-based journalists.

Major newspapers are tanking.

Writers are losing jobs.

Our culture would rather veg out in front of the TV than read a good article. 

Things seem even worse for those of us who want to write about sports.

Instead of talking to the writers, athletes would rather Twitter their own news to the fans or post it on their blog.

It seems journalists are being squeezed out of the whole process.

But never fear.  I'm here to tell you what I'm sure many of you already know: There will always be jobs for good writers.

Here's why:

1. Writing is intrinsically linked with the development of mankind.

When man started to write things down, he improved and advanced. And just like our civilization, sports improved with addition of writing. Writing changed sports being games to being institutions in our culture.

2. Insight

TV shows like NFL Live can try, but there's no comparison. Sports journalists provide the best insight on sports, period.  Good writers dissect the game like a picky eater and provide those "You know? He's right" moments that the average Joe never would have noticed. 

3. The dirty truth

Yeah, athletes are getting in on the game with their blogs and their tweets, but that's only the stuff they want you to know about. You'll never see "I just got in a fist fight with a guy at the strip club" or "I was more hammered than a rusty nail on the drive home last night" or " Whoa, my babe did me right tonight. But don't tell my wife" from a tweet. No, that's the work of the journalists, and they'll ALWAYS be needed for that.

4. You know they like it

A few minutes after the game, the locker room and the post-game press conference are swarming with journalists. The athletes act annoyed, like they are above it all. But you know deep down, a lot of those guys love it. It feeds right into their ego. And if there weren't journalists there hanging on their every word and at their complete mercy, they'd find someone else who would.

5. We aren't stupid!

The paper era may be coming to an end, and, yeah, that's sad, but it's not the end of the world. We can adapt. We can change. We will write online or on blogs. Wherever the news and the readers go, we will follow and we will write.