A newsroom’s loss is journalism’s gain

After 20 years in newspapers, the Syracuse Post-Standard’s “blogging mom,” Gina Chen is packing it in.

But unlike so many journalists who’ve left their newsrooms, she’s got what I believe will be a rather bright future in the profession.

She’s left to work on a doctorate in journalism, with plans to teach and train the next generation of journalists who will face a very different professional environment than most of us.

Not that her move doesn’t come with some uncertainty:

“I realize I’m committing to journalism at a time when the field is in flux. By the time I’m finished with my program (three years), j-schools may have dried up and blown away like so much newsprint, and I’ll end up a highly educated fry girl at the local fast-food joint.”

I seriously doubt that will be her fate. Mine, on the other hand . . . .

If you’ve read Gina’s stellar blog, Save the Media, you know that she’s already been an invaluable educator for many of us, in mid-career, who are trying to grapple with the wrenching changes, from skill sets to mindsets, in our work.

The good news is she’s going to continue to blog about these subjects during graduate studies. Being allergic to a formal classroom setting myself, I am thrilled I’ll be able to keep learning from her. What she writes about, in clear, helpful and easy-to-understand prose, is well-suited for being an educator.

Best wishes, Gina. And don’t worry. You’ll be better off than most of us can imagine.

• Another journalist is bidding farewell this week to a wildly popular media blog that has been an information lifeline for beleaguered Gannett Co. employees, current and former, and who are bracing for another big round of layoffs starting today.

Jim Hopkins began Gannett Blog early last year after taking a buyout and the site quickly became a water cooler for Gannetteers. His approach comes from his background as a business journalist, as he has examined public filings and other corporate documents revealing the fiduciary activities of Gannett honchos, among other things, in the wake of monumental employee cuts across the chain. He’s been a controversial figure, to say the least. But what he’s dug up has been some pretty good journalism about a powerful media empire that very rarely has been scrutinized like this.

Hopkins explains his reasons for discontinuing the blog and talks about his next venture. Another site, Gannettoid, will pick up the baton.

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2 thoughts on “A newsroom’s loss is journalism’s gain

  1. Wendy,

    I am truly humbled by your kind words. It means so much that my little ol’ blog has had any impact. I’m glad my words have resonated.

    Take care,

    Gina

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