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In 1986, I was starting high school

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11:17 am
April 7, 2011


jbhertel

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1986 marked my first year at Jeffersonville high school. For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be journalist when I grew up, so I joined the school newspaper staff and signed up for every journalism-related class I could. I even took a typing class where we used actual typewriters! The only time I used a computer was in the journalism classroom when we were designing the week's newspaper.

I had a very set vision of my future at that time: Finish high school, go to college then get a job as a journalist at a top-notch newspaper in some fabulous city, and enjoy life as a successful, but single, career-woman (because everyone back then just knew it wasn't possible for a woman to have both a marriage and a successful career.)

11:30 pm
April 11, 2011


bryanastuart

Bloomington, IN

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It's interesting to think about how journalism has changed – seems like the entire business has changed over the past 10, 15, 20, 25 years, but at the same time, journalism (should) boil down to telling the news. Do you think the qualities of a top-notch journalist have changed over the years?

1:29 pm
May 3, 2011


Kevin Makice

Bloomington, Indiana

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I think the biz motivations have shifted in dominance and presentation, and that has an effect on what is valued in the business.

 

Most of the post-Watergate seemed focused on unearthing hidden scandal, usually artificially so through exaggerated headlines and Geraldoisms. The cable and Internet age, though, gave most value to speed. It is great if a journalist has natural instincts and professional training, but it is difficult to produce good work if the culture of the organizations values things that don't support your professional philosophy. Journalism the philosophy may not adequately be supported by journalism the business.



 

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