Kissed by the hidden gems of the world, travel journalists are filled with euphoric endorphin’s to share their experience with the world.
However, aspiring travel journalists at the University of Wollongong have a different outlook as to where travel journalism will take them in the midst of a revolutionized technological landscape.
In a world constantly held by the reigns of the internet, journalism is in a current dwindling state where the prosperity of relevance is impacted by the current age of the citizen journalist. The web 2.0 allows for individuals to create content whilst travelling the world inevitably creating competition in an already cut throat industry.
“I don’t think the internet is as black or white as making or breaking, I think it’s made journalism more available but also less credible in some sense as anyone can share information,” Emma said.
With the free nature of the internet, eighteen year old Emma Dunlop fears irrelevance as a travel journalist where articles
written by tourists will become too mainstream. However, eighteen year old Hannah Laxton believes that it is because “everyone wants to turn their hobby into a career” and the internet allows for this to happen thus altering the perception of Journalism as a whole.
“The Internet has definitely broken through traditional ways of journalism, it gives journalism a more creative and dynamic angle,” Jade Hall said.
However, Jade Hall holds a contrasting view as she believes it is the substantial availability of travel articles that provide a gateway for contemporary travel journalists. Emma Houghton proposes the new importance of making the ordinary extraordinary as it is not just about travel anymore, it is about documenting the impact it has on the individual.
“I want to read about how the colours and the sounds of the wind inspired them and how they were stuck in the moment and stuck in a luminous realm where time just stopped for a moment” Emma Houghton said.
Expressing her perception of the evolution of travel journalism, eighteen year old Emma Houghton, believes that there is the birth of the new journalist, one where they should be documenting how they are intoxicated within specific aspects of the world rather than recounting upon where their eyes fell.
Adding to this, Jade says, “It’s about the aspects of the place that touch that person which truly allow the journalists to adapt to their own personal flair of writing.”
In a battle to tackle irrelevance, the aspiring travel journalists seek to delve into niche aspects of the world exploring both their inner self and the world simultaneously.
“Definitely somewhere like Spain. It’s pretty amazing. It’s just really, really different,” Hannah said.
“I want to discover a lot more about the world and different music styles and different artists and sounds –on an international level,” Emma Houghton noted.
Travel journalism is the gateway lens into the world. It is no longer simply reporting on ones travels but the creation of experience enticing the senses to the unkempt pockets of the world.
“For me it’s the culture and its people, the landscape and the way they all interact together,” Jade said.
“I would say that political events, news of the country and investigation are pretty high on my priority list,” commented Emma.
Exploring the world on face value is no longer a commonality to travel journalism. It is the perspective of the world—each individual’s perspective clearly differing—that brings relevance back to travel journalism.