Music is a component of every culture across the globe. Every part of the world has bands and artists that create wonderful music. As long as music is being created, there will always be a need for someone to cover it. Times have changed and the way people listen and learn about music is different. The world of music journalism has remained alongside with it.
Music is as popular as ever. The worldwide music industry was just shy of 43 billion US dollars in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down. While CD and digital singles and album sales continue to slide each year since 2012, more people turn to online services to get their music fix.
This digital subscription and ad-supported streaming services are expected to keep growing. People like to stream music to their computers, tablets or phones. This does not mean concerts are going by the way-side. Half of people in the United States attended a concert last year. It is crystal clear that people still consume music just as much as ever. Now they consume it differently.
The way people receive their news and media is different today. Print media is not as strong of a force as it was in the past. In the past, broadcast television, newspapers and magazines were the trusted sources music fans went to get their news and information. That is changing.
Newspaper subscriptions declined 7% in the last year, their largest drop in subscribers since 2010. Magazines also felt the hit, dropping 3% overall. Some magazines even declined 60%. Network television did not fare much better as it saw drops between 2-5%. What these statistics show is not a drop in news media or music journalism; it just shows how differently people get their information.
The digital news market is on an entirely different path than print and broadcast journalism. According to the Pew Research Center, around 4 in 10 people receive their daily news online. News websites, social media websites and phone/tablet apps are now outpacing radio and print and creeping up slowly on television. People still consume news and information daily.
As long as people continue to listen to music and be interested in it, music journalists will always have a place in the media. So where exactly can you work if you still want to continue down the path of music journalist.