The Jandoli Institute hosted a live Twitter Chat on Feb. 21 for aspiring and young journalists. Below are responses to a question from Richard Lee, the institute’s executuve director: What would answer a young person who says, “Journalism is dead. No way do I want a career in journalism.“
Journalism isn’t dying; it’s evolving. I think it’s an interesting, exciting time to be a young journalist because of these changes… newsrooms need innovation and new blood brings that. You get to try new things like video editing and podcasting. https://t.co/0GkUni9DdD— Whitney Downard (@WhitneyDownard) February 21, 2020
Maybe nothing irks me more than people who complain about paywalls. Like, do you show up at any other business and complain you’re not getting everything for free? But I guess we did that to ourselves.— Tom Dinki (@tomdinki) February 21, 2020
But I’d tell any young people that if they enjoy journalism and what it can do, the good outweighs the bad most days.— Tom Dinki (@tomdinki) February 21, 2020
A5: I’d tell them to look at journalists like @CWEBCRUZER. He’s worked at @NorwoodNews, @BronxTimes, @WCBS880, and more. Now he’s moving to @GOTHAMIST & @WNYC. He’s a news junkie first, and seems to reinvent himself for each new opportunity. #JandoliChat https://t.co/My9v1LDWrP— David K. (@redleader57) February 21, 2020
Oooh. Reinvention! I like that. Journalism really does offer you chances to “reinvent” across the different mediums and organizations.— Whitney Downard (@WhitneyDownard) February 21, 2020
Why did you choose journalism?
Why not PR, advertising or marketing?
Did you consider journalism grad school?
Is journalism dead?
How do you stay positive?
What happens when your job takes you to another state?
Aside from classes, what did you do during college to learn journalism?
How did you adjust from college to the workforce?
What’s the most fun you’ve had as a journalist?