Generation J Toolbox
At 24 years old, I thought I had it all. After a two-year delay, I had finally graduated with a bachelor’s in English and a concentration in journalism. The Cincinnati Herald, the newspaper where I had worked part time as an editorial assistant during my senior year, hired me full time as an assistant editor immediately after graduation.
During the 2008 presidential election, Orange County Register online editor Sonya Smith (Twitter @sonyanews) watched in amazement as reporter friends changed Facebook and Twitter avatars to reflect candidate preferences. Was this a generational shift toward openness and honesty or a thumbed nose at objectivity?
Last year I turned in my press pass, took the federal oath of service and finally gave in to the futuristic silver jumpsuit trend. In our field, that’s akin to going over to the dark side. But there was a heartwarming reason I went to work for Uncle Sam (I’ll explain the jumpsuit later): the chance to spend a year helping an inner-city public access television station start a youth media program.