The millennial generation has been the subject of research and analysis over the past several years as these young people, born between 1980 and 2000, make their way into the workforce.
This past summer, I put together a research project for an internship about millennials in the workplace. It served to show my older colleagues how our minds work and how we will fit into the working world. During the course of my research, I came across a trend that millennials are creative and independent. We want to set our own course, hours and rules. Answering to someone else in order to spend our whole lives moving up in a company is far from appealing.
So, how does this fit in to journalism.
This reflection by Jeff Jarvis discusses an entrepreneurial journalism class at CUNY. He discusses the group of students who had the opportunity to sit in front of a panel of potential donors and pitch their ideas. One highlight of his observations was that all of the young journalists in the room had real intentions of starting their own businesses.
The millennial attitude of independence and creativity fits together with entrepreneurial journalism as an alternative to the traditional journalistic route. In the past, a journalism career consisted of starting at the bottom of a news organization and slowly earning credibility to become an editor.
Now, young journalists are looking to defy this norm and the rules attached to working for a traditional news outlet. And independently created outlet can bring new, fresh perspectives to the media landscape. These progressive minded young people can bring journalism back to its routes by creating publications that investigate the truth, criticize the government and bring forward new innovation. We see these changes happening now but they will likely progress in the next few years. Millennial journalists will likely transform journalism as we know it.