Journalism is relevant to democracy on a high level and can thus rely on the idealism, enthusiasm and passion of the people who make it.
The lack of quality journalism being provided by the major news networks (who focus on sound-bites and opinion pieces) is creating a new demand for outlets which display dedication to the core journalistic principles of integrity, research and bias avoidance.
With the large amount of content online, consumers automatically become sort of amateur-journalists themselves while consuming, since they have to judge the trustworthyness of the content. That is, traditionally, the job of editors who are trained to document, fact-check and evaluate sources.
Relying on those qualities can come at a terrible cost: Journalists are already a decimated and dispirited profession with high burn-out rates. They suffer from everything from PTSD to exhaustion: www.sciencedirect.com