“If your only asset is the ability to write well, you won’t be able to get a job.”
That’s true. No one could’ve put it more bluntly than Amy Dunkin, Director of Academic Operations at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, when she came to speak at The Spectrum office last Wednesday.
The day has come that several newspapers are no longer produced in print and the latest news is now available at the click of a digital screen. It comes as no surprise that journalists are no longer writers alone. They are forced to become jacks of all trades.
It’s an exciting, yet scary prospect to think that, just as I’m preparing to enter the journalistic world, the role of a journalist is morphing. The ideal package for the “new” journalist is a reporter, photographer, web designer, blogger, and broadcaster all in one (and even that probably doesn’t cover it all).
What if my package isn’t ideal? Will I be forced to lump myself into the dreaded category of unemployed Americans?
Admittedly, my photography is sub-par. Count on any picture I take to come out either blurred, too light, or too dark.
Broadcasting is not my cup of tea, either. The mere idea of speaking in front of a camera sends chills up and down my spine.
If I could count something in my favor, though, I’m willing to learn. My experience blogging this summer taught me how to write for an online audience that can sometimes be very hostile. I also learned some of the little quirks of web formatting.
To those who claim journalism is dead, I beg to differ. Journalism has changed, not ended. It’s up to us, the journalists, to change with it — but quick. The public is counting on us.