More movin’ on links for displaced journalists

My Delicious folders are heaping over with lots of tasty treats with post-newsroom journalists in mind:

• Here’s a gloomy prediction that newspapers won’t be able to reinvent the news. Can you add to the 10 reasons listed here? (via Mark Hamilton)

• Whose fault is this? The debate rages on. A British journalist and media blogger offers a vigorous rebuttal to an American counterpart’s assertion that journalists are to blame:

“So the dilemma for journalists who wish to build a new journalistic Jerusalem is, like everything else in this world, an economic one. They need to make a living and must necessarily make compromises to do so. Working within that reality it seems grossly unfair to blame journalists for the journalism they are required to produce.”

• But enough of looking back, and pointing fingers. Want to learn how entrepreneurs get it done? No matter what it is that they do? Offer to take one of them to lunch. Fork out $20 for the chow and let them do the talking. Be a good listener, as good journalists usually are.

• Need some ideas on setting up a freelance enterprise? Even a part-time biz? Then really get Web-savvy, and do it now. And learn how to build your own site. I’m finally getting around to it. If I can do it . . .

• Want to get inspired to step out of your comfort zone? Here’s why a respected BBC science reporter decided to go whole hog on the freelance life. Even if it’s admittedly the more difficult path to do the kind of journalism she prizes the most. And yes, it’s all about being versatile in multimedia skills: “There’s nothing maverick about this: it’s the way I consume media so it should also be the way I work with it.” (via Chrys Wu)

• Will blog for money? A blogger nearing the end of his buyout gets some advice on how to turn his site into a profitable venture.

• Whatever you do, don’t get fussy about all the “new media” tools you have to learn, and don’t be afraid of grasping the new way of journalistic thinking that comes with them. Don’t be like this old print hack who took a buyout and isn’t quite receptive to the The Blog Thing.

• And please, please, please, don’t stay mired in in the mindset of this magazine editor who sniffs that “we’ll leave blogging to the experts. It’s not what we do well.”

Start learning to do it well, before your twilight period comes along faster than you expected.


2 thoughts on “More movin’ on links for displaced journalists

  1. The good news? The faster the old newspaper companies fail, the faster investors will flock to the new-media startups. There’s going to be a lot of capital formation around new media in the coming recession. It’s not much, but it’s hope for journalists who are wondering when they’ll ever get to feel good about (and get paid for) what they do again.


  2. I like the theory (though I don’t wish for the newspaper industry to die off) and I hope it plays itself out.

    There are so many journalists like us who want to stay in the profession but may not be able to during this time of transition. Which means for many of us in mid- to late-career stages that our departures from newsrooms may mean leaving journalism for good.


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