Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett

The end of an era

My last story on NZBusiness magazine.…

There will be an online edition, but the print version has finished and so has the budget for freelance journalist.

25 years ago I was in a bar with an older journalist discussing how the internet would affect us. He said the demand for journalists would die. but that the new industry would “see us out”.

I was less optimistic. Apart from anything else, I had longer to go. He was about ten or 12 years older than me and passed away a few years back.

He was right, the industry did see him out. Just about.

Me? I’m not so sure. Technically I’m close to retirement, but traditional journalism barely makes up a quarter of my income now. If another publication closes, that’ll more or less be it.