Artigos para hoje | Articles for today

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A importância de uma pós graduação em Jornalismo já tinha sido discutida no blog da Mindy MacAdams, e reverberou noutros dois posts, um de Pat Thornton no seu The Journalism Iconoclast, e numa primeira parte de duas de um artigo de Chris McGillion, antigo editor do Sydney Morning Herald, e agora coordenador do curso de Jornalismo na Charles Sturt University, na Austrália.

Timothy B. Lee do Ars Technica escreveu sobre o que é que os jornais e os media tradicionais podem aprender com o tech reporting e outros nichos temáticos.

Para Zac Echola falhar é uma opção no mundo dos novos média, graças aos riscos pouco dispendiosos que se podem – e devem – correr nesta nova era.

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The importance of a post graduation in Journalism had been discussed at Mindy MacAdams blog, and echoed in two other posts, one by Pat Thornton in his The Journalism Iconoclast, and in the first part of two of an article by Chris McGillion, former Editorial Page Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and currently the coordinateor of the journalism program at Charles Sturt University in Australia.

Ars Technica’s Timothy B. Lee wrote about what newspapers and traditional media could learn with tech reporting and other thematic niches.

To Zac Echola failure is an option in the new media world, thanks to the affordable risks that can – and should – be taken in this brave new age.

Advice to journalism students: Forget grad school!, Mindy MacAdams

Dear students:

This post is for your mom and dad, who are pressuring you to go to grad school immediately after undergrad.

I don’t know why your parents think that’s a good idea. Maybe in whatever field they’re in, it’s what people do. Like law. Like medicine. But not in journalism. Not usually.

Inside the university, we have seen a new student groupthink in the past few years — that groupthink is: “I must go to school for two more years after I get my bachelor’s degree, so I can get my master’s degree right away.”

This is sheer frickin’ madness if your undergrad is journalism — unless you DON’T want to be a journalist. If you want to be a lawyer, heck, sure, get out of here and go to law school. But if you want to DO JOURNALISM as your career, your calling, your mission in life — then GO GET A JOB. The sooner, the better.

My advice for would-be journalists, Pat Thornton

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: Journalism is under fire right now, much more so than just about any other industry in America. More than a thousand jobs have already been cut this year from mainstream media organizations and thousands more will be in the coming months. It’s a very dark hour for journalism.

But that’s traditional journalism. New media journalism is just beginning to flourish. Your sister will have to be willing to entertain the idea of working for non-mainstream media organizations if she wants to make it in journalism. I’m confident that journalism will eventually be stronger than ever after this transitional phase.

Part 1: The value of the journalism graduate , Chris McGillion

Many universities delude themselves (and their students) into believing they are the breeding ground for senior and/or specialist journalists (investigative reporters, feature writers, even columnists) when in fact the industry is most often looking to recruit junior reporters who can put their hand to any story they are given.

Many journalism courses encourage an academic study of politics and history when editors want simply a solid grounding in general knowledge (dates, events, personalities) in order to be able to contextualize stories for their readers.

And many universities compound each of these problems by requiring staff to undertake PhDs and “peer-reviewed” research in order to get promotion with the result that good teacher-practitioners develop into academics far removed from the cut-and-thrust media world they are supposed to know about.

The tech world’s lesson for newspapers, traditional media , Timothy B. Lee

The New Yorker recently ran a characteristically loquacious essay about the decline of the newspaper and what it means for the future of journalism. The author, Eric Alterman, concludes that we’re beginning an era of “superior community conversation but a decidedly diminished level of first-rate journalism.” Alterman claims that the blogosphere and other web-based news outlets largely lives parasitically on the traditional news media, relying on the latter to do original reporting, which web-based publications can then link to and comment on.

Failure is an option, Zac Echola

As those of us that work in the online industry know, one thing that distinguishes our media environment from all others is that because of the low costs and barriers to enter the Web world, we can afford to fail often. If we mess up, we can quickly and cheaply adjust until we get it right.

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