All eyes were on Detroit in the spring when its two hometown papers, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, unveiled a radical plan for saving the newsroom and serving readers. Both papers cut home delivery to the three most popular days of the week —Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays — with single copies available at newsstands every day.
August 1st, 2008 • Quill Archives
Gen J: Some essentials are only learned on the job
I was alone, walking across the George Washington Bridge, when it started to pour. The sky darkened, and the wind stirred the choppy Hudson River below. Cars whipped past. Then it began to rain harder. I had graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School less than 24 hours earlier, and I wasn’t about to let some rain get in the way of pursuing my first post-J-school story.
Your first newsroom may seem like a foreign country, but a reporting internship or cub spot at a media outlet abroad imparts a steeper learning curve. But with an open mind and a willingness to try anything once, a move outside the comfort zone will sharpen a young reporter’s powers of observation and empathy.