Students must find new paths to journalism

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Journalism will survive  — even if the newspaper landscape changes dramatically during the next few years — and students will have to adapt, according to a group of journalism experts who met in Washington Monday to discuss the future of jobs in journalism.

Those interested in a journalism career must explore new ways to break into the field, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun:

The traditional path for young journalists — start at a small paper or TV station and work your way up — is vanishing. But new paths exist for those with expertise and specialized skills. Deep knowledge in, say, energy policy or the ability to produce stories that pop online are valuable, said John Harris, editor of Politico. If you’re not enterprising, he said, you’re in trouble.

“For people who are just plain worker bees and are pretty good, I don’t find it an appealing career,” Harris said at Monday’s conference on journalism jobs at the Newseum in Washington. “I just don’t see why somebody would go into the business unless they thought they could be an A at something.”

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This echoes comments from the Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins, who told students at this weekend’s convergence training seminar in Scranton that they must master the new technology if they are to increase their odds of statrting a successful career in journalism.

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1 Response to “Students must find new paths to journalism”


  1. 1 murphyt4 April 20, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I would think Journalism would have to survive being that we rely on it everyday from finding out whats going on around the world to find out what Britney Spears is doing next. Whether Newspapers last or not we still cannot live without Journalism


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