Journalistic minds shouldn’t think alike

A few links I’m finding helpful as I begin a critical week for a media startup project that’s soon to bear fruit. More details on that later; for now, some good reads about journalism, media and work, and the importance of shedding old ideas and ways of working that just don’t cut it any more:

New opportunity for laid-off NPR staffer: “Get out there! Feeling sorry for yourself and cursing the company for not placing more value on you is a waste of energy. Journalism (nay, any job) is not indentured servitude. We do it because we love it and we’re good at it. Re-purpose yourself. Meet people, exchange ideas and be ready for whatever the next big thing is. Take advantage of learning opportunities and be patient. Young people are the key, but don’t think because you’re not young and/or in school you don’t matter.”

No more pity parties for journalism: “It’s actually harder to get the more traditional journalists to sort of break their chains. It’s interesting. It is extremely liberating. It’s very absorbing. I mean, I just think it’s much more fun to be in a position where I can try to come up with a formula that works rather than just be part of a system that you are aware is crumbling around you — and to be unable to do anything about it, which is where a lot of journalists have been. It’s incredibly frustrating and it’s also a really bad environment in which to do journalism.”

Leaving a ‘traditional’ paper for a startup: “I feel, and still feel, that the newspaper business is in serious crisis. I’m not content to cling to a deck chair and go down with a sinking ship. We’re trying to prepare for the next incarnation of journalism. If this venture is going to work, it’s going to work because serious, talented journalists were brave enough to take the risk.”

Life and work after journalism: “I like to hire reporters. They know how to write, they know how to think, know how to go out and dig things up. And they know how to move quickly. To me, it’s still a noble profession.”

Working hard is overrated: “Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on. Paying attention to what is going on in the world. Seeing patterns. Seeing things as they are rather than how you want them to be. Being able to read what people want. Putting yourself in the right place where information is flowing freely and interesting new juxtapositions can be seen.”

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One thought on “Journalistic minds shouldn’t think alike

  1. Appreciate this post! Just a thought though:

    Working hard is overrated: “Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on. Paying attention to what is going on in the world. Seeing patterns. Seeing things as they are rather than how you want them to be. Being able to read what people want. Putting yourself in the right place where information is flowing freely and interesting new juxtapositions can be seen.”

    And to do that, you gotta work hard. ;p

    Debbie
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    http://debslym.wordpress.com

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