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Monday, July 1, 2013

Want a job in journalism? Study Philosophy

Posting this for Older Daughter, heading off to college and telling people she thinks she wants to be a journalist.
"It must be summer. In anticipation of fall course schedules, several people have asked what I think someone who wants to be a journalist should study.
A few years ago I realized my favourite answer -- not journalism -- was depressing for someone who had already reserved a seat for himself or his child at one of Canada's more than 50 journalism programs.
That's right: 50. According to J-Source, the journalism website, there are 1,600 J-students at any given time preparing to work in an industry that has lost anywhere from one-third to half of its jobs in the last decade. The U.S. is always slightly ahead of us in trends, and in June the Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire photography staff, replacing it with iPhones for the remaining reporters. Since most reporters shoot about as well as most photogs spell, I'm breathlessly awaiting the next report of their declining circulation.
But apparently those sorts of comments were "killing the dreams" of future journalism students, so I've stopped saying things like that. I figure if they don't read enough news to know that media outlets are dropping faster than Stephen Harper's approval rating, who am I to point out that it's unwise to go to trade school to learn a dead trade.
Instead, I tell people the most useful classes I took were all in philosophy..."
Be Employable, Study Philosophy - TheTyee.ca - Mobile

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