What’s your theory?

Michael Koretzky has a column on the Huffington Post that you really ought to read. He says college journalists are “good at consuming multimedia journalism but bad at making it.” I would love to hear from you about whether this rings true for you. Or if it doesn’t. And I want to hear your theories.

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7 Responses to What’s your theory?

  1. emcneill8701 says:

    The part of his column where Koretzky says, “Print is special to college journalists precisely because it’s old tech,” really rang true for me. I don’t know that I’ve ever thought about it in terms of killing trees – I happen to really like trees. However, there’s just something about holding that physical paper in your hands, the smell of newsprint, the ink smudges on your fingers, that is inspiring to me in a way I don’t think a website could be. It’s probably got a lot to do with nostalgia and childhood memories of reading the Sunday paper with my dad, but I admit it is exciting to see your work in print.
    I think the permanence factor of print is also a factor in ranking print with a higher status than digital. Once your story is printed in the paper, it’s there, the end, archived for all time. But on the web, it’s always changing. Your story may be the center story on the home page for a couple of hours, but then it gets downgraded as something fresher comes along.
    Now that I’ve sufficiently rhapsodized about my love of print, I admit that I recognize the web is a major player in the future of journalism. I chose Mizzou for graduate school based on the fact that such an emphasis is being put on familiarizing students with “new” media (not as much the case as several other grad programs I considered).
    I think somewhere along the way, a shift in psychology has to occur – and on a pretty large, industry wide scale – to make the web as enticing prestige-wise as print has been for so long. I think the Missourian is off to a good start, putting such an emphasis on being web-first. I admit I don’t know which of my stories from this class have run in print and which haven’t. But this kind of shift will take time, and several more “generations” of college reporters, before it takes a real effect.

  2. Feliciak says:

    His argument does bring up a lot of valid points and are ultimately true. With previous internships and writing experiences, my goals have always been to one, make a good impression and two, get something in print. Forget the millions of blog posts I’ve written or the amount of reviews I’ve done, my proudest moment was seeing my name in print under a heavily edited 200 word paragraph. As college students, we are well aware that the existence of print is vanishing before our eyes and the web is our future, but we aren’t attracted to it because it isn’t something new to us. We’ve blogged, updated, posted and even designed MySpace pages since we were in middle school so what’s so exciting about doing it for the rest of our lives? I read an ad somewhere that struck a chord with me and always stands as my argument whenever someone says print is dying. I can’t remember exactly what it said word for word but it mentioned all the new technologies of previous centuries–radios, tvs, satelittes, and then the internet. Just like all the other waves of technology, the internet isn’t going to replace print. Instead, the web is going to alter the future and push print to another level.

  3. alyshalove says:

    I like his point about how we’ve all been publishing online since middle school. Being published in print really does set us apart from our non-journalism peers.

    That being said, I can tell you that changing colors on my xanga background is the only web coding stuff I know, although I’m not sure it’s just because I’m lazy, like Koretzky said. I think I’m attracted to journalism because it’s active, fulfilling and it provides the chance to meet so many kinds of interesting people … not because I wanted to sit behind a computer screen all day. So the answer for me, I guess, is that I might just be in denial.

  4. The column read like a rant of the sort that usually starts out, “You know what’s wrong with young people today?”

    Take a few universals, such as “obtaining something limited feels more important that obtaining something unlimited” and “status is in the eye of the beholder.” Throw in a few patronizing generalizations about college students. Mix it all together with a lot of unsubstantiated claims about psychology from an layman, and voila, you’ve got a HuffPo article.

    Here’s this guy’s website. It’s cutting edge flashiness almost distracted me from how ridiculous it is.

  5. jenapoian says:

    This guy is definitely pretentious. No one poses for a black and white picture with a giant cigar out of great modesty. I agree with Steve. He should have started his piece with younger generation bashing so I could have known what I was getting myself into. However, I’m not feeling particularly masochistic this morning.

    I write for the neighborhoods blog, meaning that unless my Parks and Rec related stories are big or I pick up a GA, my stuff never sees print. I don’t feel cheated by this. But every so often, I long to see my bold byline. I’ll tell you why, but first–a few reasons why not.

    First of all, everyone I’ve ever met chooses things precisely because no one else has them–at least at one point in their lives. Scarcity is attractive. Luxury items exist for that very reason. I’m positive Cigar Man was tempted to create the flashy eyes on his website because no one else had that visual. Because there’s a shift from print to digital, it MIGHT cause some sort of reactionary need to have what we cannot. But to make an entire career out of that weird primordial longing is ineffectual. Wanting to eat roast duck because I’m a vegetarian is one thing, but to make an entire career at a dead end? There’s no future searching for the Holy Grail of journalism medias. It’s not that.

    Apparently he also believes the giant homogeneous group known as “college students” wants to send a loud and proud middle finger to everyone reading their stuff, because it’s in print. I never realized that student journalists wanted their stuff in print for that reason, especially since what we write on the Intervebz exists forever. As a generation of YouTube contributors, we’re very, very aware that the magical, limitless Intervebz can make one famous. Besides, if we wanted to send a loud and proud middle finger, we’d do something else. Opinion. CNN. Porn. Anything, really. It’s not that.

    We’ve been lectured countless times about the dismal fate of print. We get it. Maybe because of this, our incessant need to be in print is our last hurrah into seeing our name on something physically tangible, something that smudges on fingers. That’s what I want. The end is nigh for print–at least that’s what we’re pretty sure of–so why not make our mark? Our stuff usually published on both the web and in print, so where’s the harm? We’re assimilating. We know what’s in journalism’s future.

    Certainly this faux-hipster wanted the same thing, to see his name in giant white lettering (albeit on a website) because he wanted people to know he exists. I don’t understand why he’s blaming us for the same quite human fault.

  6. Krystin says:

    I agree that “Cigar Man” came off as pretentious, and rather rant-y, but I’m not sure I disagree completely with his point that we’re not great at making multimedia. I think that things are getting better, certainly, as those who are teaching us both perfect the skills they new and also give us the freedom to play and explore multimedia creation. However, as someone who’s been using a computer since age 5, I will be the first to admit that I’m awful at multimedia. For me, I can say it’s because I haven’t had the chance to learn it yet: the class of 2014 will be the first to participate in a multimedia class instead of Career Explorations (missed that by a year). It’s taking a while for those teaching us to be confident enough in themselves and how they handle the technology, and that in turn translates to a delay in the development of our skills. This gap will close with time, but until then, we really haven’t had a lot of time to develop our audio, web and visual skills – relative to the professions that he’s trying to compare us to.

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