About a year ago (May 27, 2008), I made the leap from print journalist to assistant Web editor. The learning curve was sharp and I fell in a few holes early on. Overall, though—and you’ll have to ask my boss for an official opinion—I’ve accumulated a solid knowledge base that’s allowed me to at least participate in and add to the greater “Where is journalism going?” discussion. (I’ve done some cool stuff, too, but those are discussions that I’ll perhaps get to later.)
What strikes me the most is how much my attitude about journalism has changed in the last year. Some of the highlights:
- Journalism is a public service—not a medium.
- The old wall between editorial and advertising needs to come down (or at least be shortened to retaining-wall height and have a gate added to it).
- Most people won’t pay just to read your news. They never did.
- Social media is the new town square.
- Third-person writing only appears objective.