Monday, July 27, 2009

On fixing journalism, high schoolers beat the pros

Wide-spread layoffs, pay cuts, and defunct publications. Recently graduated journalism friends have told me they literally have nightmares about those things.

But step back an age group to the high-school journalists I hung out with this week at the 2009 UI Summer Journalism Workshops. For them, lost jobs, low wages, and closed doors are an incentive to stay in the field.

“It’s an exciting time to be in journalism. It will be our generation who decides what’s next,” said Jacqueline Novak, a 16-year-old student from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Ill. “I think that’s pretty cool.”

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