I want to become a photojournalist, specifically war photojournalism. Im 23 and currently in active duty in the US Air Force with about 2.5 years left on my enlistment. My goal is to ultimately become embedded with a Marine or Army unit, and I think my prior military background will help with that. With the last couple years or so in my contract, Im looking at completing as much of a degree in "PJism" as I can, and using the GI Bill to finish off my degree oince I get out.
My only concern is wondering if there's any furute left in it. I look through the Business of Photography forums and I see that more and more, magazines and newspapers are buying stock photo/flickr/smugmug photos for their articles. Its seeming like photojournalism is a career that is going by the wayside as more and more mooks buy DSLRs and are willing to let publishers use their photos for free just because its "cool" to be published.
Im not afraid to take up the challenge and work to get where I need to be. I am just worried that in 5-10 years there wont be a need for photojournalists anymore and I'd be out of a job. I figure at that point Ill just have to settle for weddings/senior portraits types of gigs (not saying there's anything wrong with it, I just dont have a passion for it).
What do you guys think?