And yet, when I think “journalist” I do not think “person who writes for the news paper” or “person who appears on television”.
I think of someone who searches for a story, because they heard something that didn’t sit right with them and wanted to get to the bottom of it. This might be simply a romanticized notion of ‘journalist’ because my idea of what a journalist does is mostly informed by books and movies. But I am still sure there will always be a place for such people, simply because everyone else is way too busy to get to the bottom of things themselves. And there is a huge audience for this as proven by the popularity of podcasts like Serial.
There is a future for the job. The only thing that is changing is the delivery.