“The people who sank the ship, namely those of the baby-boomer, Woodward-and-Bernstein era, are still at the helm, and giving up their lofty newsroom positions only with cold, dead hands,” writes a young newspaperman. When will your generation quit? he asks Richard Berke (left). Part of the Timesman’s response:
You say you have ideas. So why not find your own way to pursue them? Students I have met who are drawn to journalism are not just learning newspaper writing, they are also steeping themselves in writing for the web and learning to shoot video — and letting their versatility multiply their chances of finding an outlet.
Maybe I’m refusing to face reality, but I believe that if you’re enterprising and talented enough, there are more opportunities than ever in the world of journalism. Not at the big dailies, perhaps, or traditional newspapers, but certainly on line.