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The latest report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) has called on journalists and news organizations to “rethink their role and purpose with some urgency” amid major disruptions to journalism, which include the supercharged progress of AI, less reliable traffic from social media platforms, and a growing demographic that’s “more comfortable with algorithmically generated news and have weaker ties to traditional media.”

These issues all compound the already serious and persistent problems in journalism, including the culture of impunity, news avoidance, and news fatigue, which could have profound implications.

These challenges were seen as why only half of 300 newsroom leaders in over 50 countries are confident about journalism in the year ahead, according to RISJ’s survey.

“Overall, the mood in our survey responses is one of strong belief in the value of journalism but great uncertainty about the year ahead, fueled by knowledge that another huge wave of technical disruption is on the way,” RISJ said.

On a more alarming note, about a fifth of those surveyed say they would be cutting costs.

This year, the world can expect more newsrooms to “attempt to engage young people with new son platforms where they are spending time, like TikTok and YouTube Shorts,” the study added, as they try to build relationships rather than make money to survive.

These challenges that journalism face become even more magnified among small community newspapers like the DAILY STAR, which are highly reliant on the community it built over the years, for the much needed support to continue its vocation. As we navigate these new waters to adapt to the changing landscape of news consumption among the younger generation, while keeping true to the ideals of traditional journalism, we can only hope that the community we serve continues to value and support the work that we do.

The support and appreciation that communities provide to its journalists and media workers will help ensure that journalism can survive and maybe even find a way to thrive, without sacrificing its ideals. Your DAILY STAR would like to thank all of those who continue to patronize our work and keep us operating through these challenging times for traditional media.*

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