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Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Finally getting to the title of this post, maybe a journalism major would make room for more alternative journalism training. I missed this at USF. I now work for an alt-weekly and most of the skills I have developed writing for this publication have been learned through practice, seminars and a summer fellowship at the Academy for Alternative Journalism. I'm able to implement a narrative voice in many of my articles, and I'm given ample time to explore int-depth and investigative reporting. The alt-press is, for the most part, conducive to the kind of meaty journalism that much of the mainstream seems to be missing these days. I remember hearing the mainstream criticized in many of my media theory classes, but those classes never actually gave me the tools to pursue an alternative to a mainstream career.
So I stop there for now....feedback welcome.