Friday, December 17, 2010

So you want to be a journalist?

Today's Funny Friday is a fabulous Xtranormal discussion involving a nice young man who wants to be a journalist.

Have a great weekend!



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  1. Bah! All the cool people write for the LA Times anyway. Those NYT guys wish they were as cool as we are. AND, we're way better looking too.

    There is a valid point at the end, but the interesting thing is that my articles hit the web on a Saturday, and depending on how hard I've tried to piss people off I start to get some email coming in. Say about ten emails on average over the next two days.

    Then the article is out in the paper the following Monday (weird, I know, hitting the web two days before print), and that's when the email storm hits. I get about five times as much email starting Monday morning when it goes in the actual paper.

    And think about this: those reading it online are already at a computer and only have to click my email address as the bottom to commence ranting. Those reading the paper have to go to their computer and type in my email address in order to rant.

    I’m not saying online doesn’t threaten newspapers, and perhaps in their current rendition they are “dying,” but I believe it will be a very slow death. Electronic devices are taking bites out of paper, but paper is hanging in there, and will continue to for a good while. I don’t think it will completely go away until after I’m dead.

    Even if it does, there is still a need for good journalism. Slate.com is great journalism and has only ever been online.

    Anyway, I’m not even a journalist. I’m just a guy who makes fun of quacks and fitness scammers.

    James

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