Monday, August 13, 2007

"Here's Your Future"

"so bend your knees and bow your heads/save your babies/here’s your future."
The Thermals

I have to admit that this whole online thing has sent me through an emotional roller coaster.

One day, I'm scared that journalists and newspapers will become obsolete. The next, I'm giddy about learning to add digital elements to my stories. Usually, I am uneasy about not knowing if I will be out of work in the next few years.

Now, I'm thinking not knowing ain't so bad. It may actually be kind of liberating.

One speaker who helped me rethink this was Mark Briggs. I really liked that he described the current state of print media as an exciting time, and we journalists are on the cusp of something like a revolution. Granted, we're probably the nerdiest bunch in battle, but I like the idea of putting up a fight instead of going out with a whimper.

Instead of fearing this competition with online (bloggers, citizen sites, etc.), I like knowing that journalists still offer a viable product, just in a different way.

As Briggs said, "The rules haven't changed. It's just that now, the game is different."

- Marquita Brown

1 comment:

Mark said...

I'm glad you found some benefit from my presentation - and recognized the song I played from The Thermals! That thing gets stuck in my head and I end up humming it all day.

The only way will win this battle is with positive attitudes like yours. Now you have to spread it around your newsroom. Good luck!

- Mark Briggs