The increasingly disposable journalist, Part II

I wrote earlier that mid-career journalists who’ve left mainstream newsrooms barely rate mention in the grand discussion of reinventing the news. Jane Ellen Stevens reports that one of the leading institutions in the profession, the National Press Club, has scheduled a seminar next week that practically encourages journalists to walk right out the door:

“Less than half of the panelists offer advice on how to continue doing journalism. The rest include tips on how to switch to the film business, public relations, newsletters, association work and, yo ho!, private investigations.

“Holy moly. If that’s all we can come up with, journalism’s sunk. Where are the workshops and seminars that offer an entrepreneurial roadmap for the 10,764+ jurnos who’ve lost their jobs so far this year? Can’t anyone just look at the proliferation of niche news/info networks popping up in the Medium That’s Taking Over the World to see that plenty of opportunity exists for journalists…and journalism?”

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