My definition of a journalist was "someone, regardless of background or experience, that reports events and information to the public in an ethical, factual, and timely matter." I grew up with television news reporters, and hearing traffic and weather broadcasts on local radio; but my love of online print news outshone both. Seeing and hearing news about accidents or disasters or death was a bit harder on me emotionally, as opposed to reading words and pausing to process them (as I do when I read fiction.) But the only remote "ethic" I knew of for reporting was being factual and unbiased, two of the quickest ways to be "sacked" from a newspaper, large or small.
But online newspapers, especially ones in which reporters writing in "blogs" instead of columns, sometimes blur the lines between impartial and opinion reporting. A strongly-worded opinion may come off to readers as a fact, thus messing up the purpose of the "news" in the first place, as it wasn't news to begin with.
Due to my fascination with blogs and writing, I had also begun thinking about careers involving writing: journalism, creative and technical writing, novelist. Words like "successful, prolific, and best-selling" came to mind.
My views of the journalism industry didn't change much, even down to the fact that it can get competitive and the purpose is to truthfully inform the public. I've also thought more extensively into a career as a industry journalist, keeping up and voicing trends in trade journals and publications. Thinking ahead into the future, I believe journalism will continue to change as more communication technologies are introduced.