On November 18, 2005, I told San Jose State’s Journalism school that my son would never subscribe to, nor read, a newspaper.
I thoroughly believe that. I’ve seen the future of newspapers (and really all printed content) and it isn’t print. Let’s talk more this summer after I can show it to you.
I told the faculty there that deep changes must be made. They haven’t yet listened (although they added one podcasting class that is pretty popular now).
Today I read all over the blogs (thanks Tim O’Reilly and Dave Winer) that the San Francisco Chronicle is rumored to be in deep financial pain.
The industry has NOT invested in its future. It is reaping the rewards of that.
How many future journalists are being trained for the online world?
I can tell you how many: zero.
When I talked with students back then about half thought they were going to work in newspapers.
I told them they were smoking crack.
The journalism industry needs to implement major, wholesale, changes. Start by reading Dave Winer’s suggestions.
What would you do if you ran a journalism school? Or, were an executive at a newspaper?
Both Bay Area major newspapers have been laying journalists off in droves. It’s so sad, but it was something that we could see coming for quite a while. The trend will continue.