Dave Lee, Technology reporter for the BBC, recently wrote a blog post named “Technology journalists are facing extinction”. Throughout the post he raises concerns about the lack of need for his job and technology journalists.

He looks several case studies where technology journalists are no longer being used. One case study he views at is the Edward Snowden revelations. He looks at how the story was broken, not by a technology writer, but by a civil rights specialist with a background in law.

Although he comes from a technical background he is finding others are being used for technology inputs. He believes that technology journalists are to survive, there should be two distinct sides. One looking at the “geekiest aspects” including new chips and R&D. And the other working with trade press.

The post is a very interesting read and raises relevant points that raise the question of the importance for technology journalists.