Wednesday, February 11, 2009

AJR writes about life after journalism for reporters

In what is a practical decision to write about a necessary topic, American Journalism Review's ( February-March edition has dedicated some space (including the cover) to "Is There Life After Newspapers: What happens to all those laid-off and bought-out journalists?"

The editorial in this month's edition is from Lee Thornton, interim dean of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She says that more newspapers are moving online to cut costs. She also criticized news organizations giving away news, and thereby costing themselves profit.

Staffer Dana Hall pens an interesting piece about "Goodbye and Good Luck: The art of the newsroom farewell note," in the edition's Page 14.

The maini article is "Is There Life After Newspapers?" by Robert Hodierne, on Page 21. The bolded pull out to this was: "So it's safe to say there is life after newspapers. But it's not always the life journalists had expected."

AJR writer Meghan Meyer then writes a piece titled "The MBA Option," pushing ex-journalists to examine a future in business: "MBA programs target journalists because they add a diverse professional element to the classroom, and they have skills corporate employers value: writing, communication and a keen understanding of deadline," on Page 23.

Then, on Page 31, AJR writer Sherry Ricchardi spreads a little more joy talking about the nationwide layoffs going on at newspapers in her article, "Down to the Wire."

Finally, in its parting piece, on Page 37, AJR's Paul Farhi gives the reader "To Quit or Not to Quit?" This article discusses what journalists do when confronted with cutbacks that seem devastatng.

While this was not the 'industry feel good' edition of AJR, I do give the magazinie a lot of credit for being honest and useful in what it prints about the industry. Not everything people need to hear is good news.

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