Ever wonder where journalists are putting their skills to use, especially after hearing story after story of newsrooms being downsized? There is no question the public still needs to get its news from reputable sources.
Many journalists are finding their calling in niche journalism, focusing their reporting on a certain specific topic – really catering to their target audience’s wants and needs – and doing it better than any mainstream media outlet could ever hope to.
While niche journalism is not new (sports reporters, trade publications, the cops beat), its popularity is growing as new avenues open up and expand, and traditional media outlets tighten their staff.
A journalism degree can be used for so much more than you would expect, so don’t sell yourself short or miss out on a great opportunity. The journalism field began with the traditional newspaper columnist or TV anchor getting all the glory, but that’s no longer the only area where graduates can use their talents.
The SPJ Houston Pro Chapter invites you hear from niche journalists themselves during a panel discussion starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, inside the Cantera Theatre at the University of Houston’s School of Theater and Dance. Panelists will discuss how they found their way to their current positions, the opportunities in niche journalism, the experience they’ve gained along the way, where they see the future of journalism heading, and how new journalists can best put their skills to use in nontraditional ways. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18
University of Houston’s Rachel Bush at the School of Theatre and Dance
publication coordinator for the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Arie Wilson Passwaters
web editor at Rice University
freelance writer and owner of Cadence Enterprise
Houston bureau chief for Reuters