Hoping for a better media year in 2010

I’m usually old-school in observing New Year’s Eve traditions, so I dusted off this definitive rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. And hey look, digikids, it’s on vinyl!

Best wishes to all for a prosperous 2010. After another difficult year in the media world, the coming weeks and months probably will feel no different for many. My 2009 was filled with expanding horizons and pursuing new opportunities. Many of them did not bear fruit, but I’ve got a better feel for the direction I need to go while understanding the importance of staying flexible.

I don’t set forth predictions or make fancy resolutions. This isn’t exactly going out on a limb, but I expect to continue to see a steady stream of print and mainstream media refugees trying new ways of doing the news, or carve out other work with their journalistic skills. There’s an amazing wealth of talented reporters, editors, photographers and multimedia professionals with so much to offer to their craft, their areas of expertise and their communities.

In this past year, many of them have been been battered by the recession, their former employers and some new media sages who don’t highly value their work. But I’ve been energized by their many stories of resolve as I plug away at creating my own future. And so it goes . . .

Happy New Year!

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