Saturday, April 11, 2009

The future of newspaper journalism

Tammy Leytham writes:

It was Good Friday - a holiday weekend - and 600 students from colleges across the state made the decision to attend the convention. Some standing-room-only crowds attended workshops and sessions. Unfortunately, at least one of those workshops had a speaker who told these students that newspapers are dead.

That's what many of us have been led to believe. But all evidence here was to the contrary.

One room at the hotel convention center was filled with student newspapers, publications that are alive and well on campuses. In fact, some of the colleges have just started their student newspapers and the students are enthusiastically working with bare bones staffs and budgets to get those papers out. And, unlike many of the major metropolitan newspapers in the country, some of these publications are actually expanding and developing companion special sections.

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