Highly esteemed reporter of the Tampa Bay Times leaves the journalism field for a career in public relations due to rapidly shrinking rate of newspapers.
When 10-year-plus veteran Emily Nipps announced her resignation from the paper on Monday, March 6, her decision came as a shock to the Tampa Bay journalism community. Nipps had planned on becoming a reporter since she were a student in high school, but the diminishing field of journalism has now deterred her ambitions.
Although the Times tried hard to keep her by offering a salary more than what she will be making in PR, Nipps refused the extra money, and took the job in PR instead.
Nipps decision was based on her fear for the future of newspapers. “I don’t know that I can wait around another three years to see how many are here, or if we’re going to get raises”, she said.
We hear of many students fleeing from majors pertaining to newspapers, but we seldom hear of established and prestige journalists quitting, but instead working hard to maintain their position. Will this soon become a trend? Does the newspaper field have any hope if admired journalists, like Nipps, begin leaving the field?
Journalists are now receiving more pressure to speed up their reporting process due to the rapid growth of twitter and social networks breaking news.
If you are an avid twitter user, then you know how notorious this popular social media site is for #killing people. #RIPBeiber, #RIPGaga, and #RIPTaylor are all examples of popular trending topics that caused panic amongst fans. But why are these celebrities still alive, if Twitter has pronounced them dead?
The popular trends on twitter are often due to a high percentage of people tweeting about the same person, thing or idea, and frequently can also be false.
After the unfortunate death of singer/actress Whitney Houston, “Twitter Breaks News of Whitney Houston Death 27 Minutes Before Press” according to media site Mashable.com. But can we rely on Twitter to supply accurate information, given past instances of false information? Should the press be threatened by this?
The answer is no. Yes journalists should feel the pressure of reporting breaking news as quickly as possible, but every journalist is taught to keep the information as accurate as possible. If journalists are pressured to report information at the rate of social media sites, there would be a high level of inaccuracy within their stories.
Twitter users tweet whatever they want and sometimes so do reporters. The only difference between the two is the reporter’s training and ability to have accurate and reliable sources to back up the story.