We all likely committed some version of this cognitive error while driving: We bawled out “What a stupid idiot!” to some driver who swerved into the wrong lane. It’s instinctive. We assume that the person behind that car’s wheel has to have an IQ of zero and no coordination.
August 1st, 2006 • Quill Archives
Experts: students must prepare for future of citizen media
As citizen journalists begin to create their own news in the vacuum left by mainstream media, experts say journalism students need to prepare for a reality in which members of the press are not the sole purveyors of news. “This isn’t going away.
Of the more than 7,000 refereed academic journals published in the United States each year, a good-sized bookcase of those deal with journalism — newspaper research, media ethics, journalism education, mass media, you name it. Make room on the bookshelf for one more, as The Journal of Sports Media will debut in the spring.
Until a colleague mentioned it, Dana Slagle didn’t know she worked as the only black person, the only non-white person at all, in the small newsroom of The Herald-Palladium serving Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Mich. “He said, ‘You’d think it was the early 1900s because there are no black reporters here,’ (and) that was the first time I’d realized it,” said Slagle, 34.
Young journalists fresh out of college might well stock their newsroom bookcases with a few useful holdovers from their backpack: a copy of the AP stylebook, perhaps a dictionary or thesaurus, and maybe – just maybe – an old ethics textbook.