Wanted: Swiss Army-Knife Journalists

Do you cyber stalk Adrian Holovaty? Are you comfortable with Final Cut Pro? Have you read and re-read In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic? Have the strongest work ethic of anyone you know? Write like a dream? 

When I first entered a professional newsroom, the industry and the broader economy were in turmoil. Newspapers were closing in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles and in many other cities. Interest rates soared into double digits. Gas lines snaked around the block. Turmoil for many means opportunity for at least a few, though, and I was one of the lucky ones. Thank you, Gregory Favre and Dave Jones and others who helped me grab the bottom rung of the journalistic job ladder.

Even while many newsrooms are contracting, today presents the same set of opportunities. A friend recently wrote with concern about a daughter's interest in college journalism. I wrote back:

Is there a lot of change? Yes, but as you say, there will always be a demand for talented journalists — for people who can connect disparate facts, closely observe the world, and tell authentic stories that bring insight and understanding to others. 

We need smart, ethical and ambitious people like Liz in journalism — people who will understand the core values and who will also be driving the innovations we need to meet changes in the production and consumption of information, along with changing business models. 

J-schools are realizing the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset. From Stanford to Columbia to City College, entrepreneurial j-classes are establishing a foundation for a new generation of newsroom leaders, with an appreciation of innovation and a strong sense of how to analyze a proposal with ROI in mind.

Right now our newsroom is recruiting two journalists — a multi-media reporter for our video network and an economics reporter for our Washington Bureau. 

Every week, I hear about other openings. I have helped spread the word among my contacts and I will do anything I can to help match available talent with the needs of newsrooms. If you have information to share, let me know. Send me an email or add a comment here.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

One response to “Wanted: Swiss Army-Knife Journalists

  1. JOHN N HART

    I HAVE BEEN A “PSEUDO-JOURNALIST” ALL OF MY LIFE..JUST READ MY 2000PLUS TWEETS AND EACH LIMITED TO 140 CHARACTERS..I’VE BEEN QUOTED..PLAGERIZED..ETC BUT NEVER GOT PAID ONE CENT..ON BLOGGER I HAVE WEBSITE CALLED “ghengisjohn” AND IT’S ON GOOGLE READER..RAN FOR SENATOR IN PA AND FL ..LOST..MILLIONS OF WORDS TO GO “PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD” JNH

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s