What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

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The other day in one of my classes my teacher asked us three questions.

  1. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at college?
  2. What is the most valuable lesson you have lesson outside of college?
  3. What do you still want to learn?

A great way to start the year: get these kids to free write about becoming a new person, discovering their passions, branching out and so on. No, I wrote exactly what has been hammered into my head since I enrolled. What I thought was journalism–is dead.

I thought I could relive the glory days with Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. But, sadly, those days are done. What era have we entered? Well lucky for me, it is “The Golden Age of Journalism.”

That’s not exactly parallel with public opinion, now is it?

Let me explain. The industry that was run by whether or not Mr. Smith picked up a newspaper today is longer dependent on Mr. Smith’s dollar. Journalism has evolved into a living, breathing ecosystem. Websites update every minute. Apps send out news updates to people’s pockets. The plain truth is: online journalism is cheap. No more printing bills. No need for shipping. Go to godaddy.com and buy a domain name for less than $15.

In the past few decades, the media revolution has opened up a whole new demand. Who feeds the beast? Well that’s easy, a new generation of journalist born and breed on the internet. That is the most valuable lesson I learned in college. I do have a future. I’m not going to be the next E.W. Scripps. I’m going to be Maggy Kilroy because this generation of journalists is founding our own platform of media.

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