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Following the Leader – Wait, Why Are You Behind Me?

Take Risks (via Cherie™)

Collegejourn issued a challenge yesterday, asking students to write about the changes and risks they want to see their journalism professors, course curriculum, school newspapers and etc to take, starting now.

So let’s jump straight in, shall we? With attitude.

If these are radical times then we ought to be radical journalists.

I don’t know how important it is for other people but for me, risk always is something I find invigorating. And sometimes shit doesn’t work out; sometimes it does.

Dan Patterson on Interviews with Friends

I’m here to say we need to take risks.

What am I looking for?

  • Professors willing to explore the latest technology and share these discoveries with the students.
  • Professors who are not intimidated by “the youth and their technology.”  Don’t think that just because we use it that we know how it works.
  • To be taught business models on how to create revenue for an individual’s content or a corporation’s content.
  • A high-tech classroom.
  • To be instructed on aspects of writing from how to write a feature piece to how to live-blog a breaking event.
  • To see how journalism is organic, not fit-to-print.
  • To know how to write differently for online and print content.
  • To learn how to beat blog.
  • To be encouraged to participate in events like #collegejourn.
  • To know how to create a journalism portfolio and resume that reflects a balance of online media and print content.
  • Professors willing to learn from students and have students teach each other about online media.

What collaborative risks can both the students and the journalism professor take together?

  • Try to create a news blog site like the West Seattle Blog.
  • Brainstorm business models for both the newspaper industry and an individual journalist.
  • Crowd source for news and learn how to search for the truth in retweets, blog posts and other breaking news with online media.
  • Host live blog events for the campus.
  • Brainstorm a new model of operations for the current campus newspaper that incorporates both print and online media.
  • Find and create new ways to use current media sources – Twitter’s not the only source out there.
  • Work with the community (Human interest pieces, create a flash mob event, community blog & etc.).
  • Crowd source for advice about the changing field of journalism.

Instructors, we, the students, are following your lead. So why are you behind us?

For those of you who are innovators, we thank you so much! Thank you for struggling through this ahead of us and beside us.

For those of you who are journalism professors who’ll never find their way online to read this: we value your experience and we’re going to try our damnedest to get the message across — even if it takes a handwritten letter and the Pony Express — to welcome you to the wonderful world of online content and the redefined journalist.

And if I’m learning my essential skills of online media and journalism on my own, then bravo to me andgive me my money back!

Check out some of the other student posts over at Collegejourn!

1 Comment so far

  1. Well said, Sarah. I love your attitude. This idea comes on the fly, but … have you considered organizing journo students like yourself who see the future and offering low-cost/no-cost tutorials (JournCamp?) to teach each other the tools and even the concepts? No matter what happens, keep demanding the education you want.

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