Jeff Jarvis on Teaching Journalism

In News on March 8, 2007 at 6:40 am


Though I have my arguments against Jeff Jarvis for occasionally hyping up the death of Old Media, you can’t fault him for making the bold predictions that he does about New Media. Okay, so maybe I’m occasionally guilty about jumping to conclusions about his views, but he does put in some strong words about the death of Old Media, as he did in his latest post:

I think that – especially after the last year’s cold reality checks and volcanic change in the newspaper, radio, TV, and magazine businesses – everybody does get that the past cannot be preserved. Everybody knows now that change is inevitable. And everybody – which includes me – is searching for the right moves to make next. Is everybody innovating enough, fast enough? No, but I think everybody realizes they have to.”

Gosh, he makes it sound dire, doesn’t it? There is no doubt that the media landscape is changing tremendously, and especially with last year’s collapsing newspaper industry–not helped by the gun-jumping conclusion New York Times Arthur Sulzberger came to when he said that he doesn’t care whether the NYT will remain in print in five years’ time–there’s every reason for journalists all over the world to worry a little. That fear, however, shouldn’t be heeded, and I agree with Jarvis that there’s no better time to be a journalist than now. His recent article in Media Guardian allays those fears; in fact, journalists are given more tools, more freedom, and more power than any other period. If there is a fear, it stems from being insecure in understanding, and adopting, the modern media tools of photo-sharing, video-sharing, blogging, and a host of other collaborative mediums that the internet enables us to.

Why teach journalism? Aren’t newspapers and news doomed? Why ensnare young people in a dying profession? I respond with an article of faith: journalism is evolving – at long last – and actually growing, and that’s what makes this an exciting time to get into the news business.

Read on more about Jarvis’s take on New Media Journalism here.


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