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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

And Now George Seizes Center Court

think I may be the middle person between Vrinda and Lia, working at a daily, corporate newspaper but very much coming from an alt.press background.first of all, looking at the ciriculum for the minor, it looks like most of the folks on this blog should have a journalism minor from USF. I guess we just took those classes under a differnt academic tract.and I don't really see a point in debating whether or not a jesuit university in the middle of one of the most diverse media markets in the country should have a journalism major. to not would be a disservice to the media community and the school.There are some classes I know I could have used (or actually paid attention to), like editing, specifically the part on AP Style. Lia's right -- students need to know the ugly truth about the profession but Vrinda's also right that journalism is so broad that there's a place for anyone. Take the kids to city council meetings, make them work on deadline, make them accountable to theirs peers and sources, and make them conver, at least once, something they have no knowledge of or interest in (like t he library beat I was assigned to my senior year) and churn out a story. But encourage them with the knowledge that the daily grind for a small paper or corporate paper is not the only path. Alt.weeklies are in desperate need of actual reporters, not just ideologues. independent media is springing up everywhere.doing the work that you love -- investigative, feature, niche -- is fulfilling, but hard to come by at first. It can happen -- and this takes hearing it from someone whose doing it successfully -- but it takes sacrifices. like eating ramen, missing dates, working a second job ont he weeknds and weeknights, and taking non-paying internships.I don't think anyone enters this business for money. We all complain about the money, but obviously there's something that drew us to this job that made us outweight the financial burden it creates. it could be a love for writing, reporting, digging, investigating, telling a story that you don't think is out there, or siimply just telling a story.I think that's got to be there first. that's what'll bring the kids. then let the kids know what's out there -- everything that's out there. I didn't know I'd working for a daily newspaper in college but sure as hell knew I'd work for someone reporting on social injustice. so I worked for mother jones. which is in downtown san francisco. and part of me getting the internship at mother jones was interviewing their research editor for an assignment in my internship class.I've taken much of what I've learned at Mother Jones, the center, AAJ, and everywhere else, and I'm applying it to my daily reporting here. because I don't like the way other reporters at dailies work. but I'm also sure I won't be at a daily forever. from george, since I forgot my blog password --Posted by Anonymous to USF Journalism Forum at 8/17/2005 07:07:42 PM

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