Telegraph View: Everything changes but news

How have newspapers changed?

Friday, 10th March 2017, 4:12 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:40 am
Nancy Fielder

I’ve just been asked that very question in a rhetorical manner, but thought I would take it as inspiration.

How we access news has certainly changed in many ways during recent years, but not news itself.

If you want to be first with breaking news you no longer turn to print, particularly not a weekly newspaper.

However there is a clear need for titles that look at issues in-depth and in a way that just can’t be done online.

The team at the Telegraph is also completely different from when it launched and journalism as a career has changed.

It was once a profession where people could leave school, walk straight into a newspaper office and work incredibly hard to make their way to the top.

Now you are lucky to have your CV even looked at if you haven’t got a degree and a professional journalism qualification.

Those invisible restrictions are shaping the type of people who come into the trade - and it must follow that it also impacts their experience and views.

On the upside there are plenty more women in the business, although notably most leave when they have children and that glass ceiling is certainly still firmly in place.

In case you don’t spot it when making your way through this week’s paper we are celebrating International Women’s Day.

Sheffield has some brilliant women leaders - but nowhere near half of the top jobs are held by the female half of the city.

I would love to think most readers wouldn’t notice that we’ve deliberately made sure almost every editorial element of this edition is either about women or by a woman. If you hardly spot it, I could conclude that every edition has its fair share of women.

Sadly I know that isn’t true and we probably should debate at great length why that is the case. Instead your Telegraph team will just keep working at it.