Our social media manager just reached out to me this morning with a thought provoking request. She knew this topic is something VERY near and dear to my heart.
What follows is our exchange:
Good Morning Glenn,
Today on Twitter #AdviceForYoungJournalists is trending, if you have any pieces of advice you would find important to share I’d love to capitalize on this topic.
Hope all is well and business is booming over at Mad Bear.
hmmmm…. now to come up with something profound. How’s this?
Everyone talks about how journalism is changing and it is: there are new platforms, new voices, new ways to engage and share, even new audiences. You could even make the argument now the audience is in charge of the direction of news. And with that the News model has been flipped upside down as the industry struggles with how to financially sustain itself. Clicks, views, eyeballs, etc.. are more coveted and are used to quantify the success of this newfangled and evolving business model.
But what I hope never changes is the noble and untainted pursuit of truth.
So my advice would be: whatever your reason to become a journalist… keep that very close to you because there will be a lot of distractions along the way and something has to be your beacon.
What do you think? Anything to add? Reactions? This is such an important subject. We swim in media. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what we are swimming in….