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An e-mail entitled "Hi Jessica."

“I just wanted to thank you for your article on the Art Show that is raising money for Autism. As the father of a child with Autism, ANY exposure is greatly appreciated. Thanks again :-)”

I live for stuff like this. It shows that I’m making a tiny bit of difference for someone out there, and that they appreciate it.

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More journalism talk.

A continuation from my last post about people talking on the Facebook wall about journalism’s future.

Post 4:
Just read robert’s post. Thanks for saying we’re all young and lovely….appreciate it mate, but i’m in my 40s and worked all over the damn shop for the past 25 years. But i’ll take the young and lovely.

As for “journalism is dead, long live journalism”…. crickey, let’s all do the socrates and pass me the freaking hemlock. i’m with the majority on this one–journalism like anything worth doing right must and will evolve. Not to offend any baptists in the crowd, but it’s called evolution, baby. The key is making sure that we, as journos, kick the thing in the right direction–a little mix of information and entertainment with a good helping of skepticism and grunt.

Post 5:
Change or die. It really is that simple. We are changing, not dying. Honestly, if you think that this biz is at death’s door, then move on because you’re not doing it any good; you’re dragging it down with you. I will not allow myself to believe, not even for one second, that I’m the pallbearer of an industry.

Post 6:
People will always want to know what is happening in the world or locally. How they receive that will change as technology evolves. But as a member of the British press I am proud to say that we are very much alive and well.

If anything the changes currently underway in the media will create further opportunities for us all. It’s going to be hard, but if you enjoy the job then it’s worth sticking around.

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Finally, a focus.

So I have been putting off writing this story for weeks now. Literally, weeks, because the press release that first spurned it was sent on July 3.

I’ve essentially ignored the story, working on other ones and other things since there was never a deadline on it anyway.

And now, I’ve figured it out. It’s a basic pets story, and I was trying to do something that had too narrow of a view that I just couldn’t (or more like wouldn’t) work on.

It’s not going to be this hard-hitting piece that will win me the Pulitzer.

But it’s something I’ll like working on. I feel less like a lazy bum now.

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Done.

In case you cared.

I thought the book was amazing, and I’m satisfied. Also, because I finished it 18 hours after it was released, I’ve got no one to talk to about it.

So when you’re done, you should tell me, so I can discuss with you.

Also. Wish I wasn’t such an idiot and wish I had a certain phone number.

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I have it.

I got Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows within 15 minutes of midnight, because my family waited in line to get wrist bands while I was at work.

I will not be logging onto anything until I’m done, and the only reason my phone will be on is because I have to interview someone tomorrow morning.

Also, I met the most amazing guy in line, and talked to him for two and a half hours. Sadly, I don’t think I’m ever going to see him again.

Alrighty. I’ll probably be on by Sunday at the latest.

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Discussions on Facebook walls.

Post 1:
Wow, I just got through the “A’s” on the list and you’re all young and attractive… Wait, this is for young people and young journalists. Two-thirds of you will flame out in the next two years. The ones that succeed will leave the biz within 5 to 10 years because journalism is dying. If you stay in media, you will be generating content to amuse the masses, not inform them. As our society collapses, people will tire of bummer news. They will be in full denial and will only buy or view what tickles them. And with that, I wish you all the best!

Post 2:
Hey Robert, I don’t think journalism is dying – but it is evolving. Yes, large dailies are having major issues and they need to make changes – they need to offer people more than just yesterday’s news. Newspaper journalists need to start looking for tomorrow’s story, to keep things fresh. More in depth, researched pieces about where society is headed (I’m not talking about advancers for the upcoming ice cream festival either).
Small town papers are not in the same spot, because people will always buy them because little Johnny’s home run is on the sports page. But they too have to evolve.
We have 24-hour news stations – it will be interesting to see where that goes in the next few years.
I don’t think people only want things to amuse themselves (although that never hurts) – in fact, I’d say people are interested in the hard news and want to be informed.
Journalism is changing but I don’t think it’s dying. The medium of newspapers might be in trouble though.

Post 3:
I completely agree with Kate. Journalism is going through an evolution right now, just as it did when radio and television arrived. It goes too far to say it’s dying.
The online medium of journalism is just another way for the news to get out there in a different form. Rather than shunning that possibility, as I’ve seen many older journalists do, it needs to be embraced. The interactivity lets us use not just words, but images and sounds through photos, videos, podcasts. The story still needs to be told – it’s just going to be done in a slightly different way. It’s an exciting advent that I look forward to working with.
Also, I intern for a group of weekly community newspapers right now, and their circulation has actually gone up in recent years. So newspapers aren’t dying – they just need to learn how to adapt their content to fit their particular audience.
And with that, I am going back to writing my story and finishing my briefs – something I plan on doing for years to come.

I’m post 3, in case you were wondering or hadn’t figured it out. These are pulled from the Trust me. I’m a journalist Facebook group’s wall.

Thoughts?

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