Friday, November 14, 2008

St. Louis is host to 5,000 student journalists

If the adults in the news business grumble about layoffs, cutbacks and closings, the high school kids speak of passion, multimedia skills and possibility.

"These kids are already interactive. They get their news from iPhones and laptops," said Logan Aimone, director of the Scholastic Press Association. "Many have a strong desire to continue in journalism. Maybe they won't get jobs at a Post-Dispatch, but they'll be busy at websites."

Peter Geckeler, a reporter for his student paper in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, put it this way: "Right now there's gloom and doom, but jobs always go up and down. There will always be jobs for good writers. If you are talented and passionate, I don't think it's something you need to worry about."

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