pat walters

freelance journalist in memphis


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Mark Glaser explains that even though newspapers are buying out, laying off and firing lots of high-level (old and expensive) journalists, they’re hiring lots of low-level (young and cheap) ones.

As newspapers and broadcasters slice their senior-level workforce, they are also quietly building their digital and online teams.

I think it’s also important for young journalists (and students) to realize that the job description is going to change drastically in the coming years.

David Cohn, a recent Columbia University grad school grad who helped edit AssignmentZero, really drove that point home for me at the Journalism That Matters conference a few weeks ago. A certain number of journalists will need to work like campaign managers, encouraging contributors to participate, prodding them as their enthusiasm wanes and helping them organize themselves and their work. Traditional journalism skills will still be important, and traditional journalists will still be on the team … these new people, with their news skills, will be an addition to the roster.

And they’re the ones, I think, that will help journalism make a come-back.


Written by patwalters

August 27, 2007 at 12:49 am

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  1. It will certainly be interesting to see the job discription change (continue to change). Not 100 percent sure if I’m right — but one thing is for sure — journalism right now is like a shark, if we stop moving we will be dead.

    David Cohn

    August 28, 2007 at 1:50 am

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