What can I contribute to journalism?
It's a question I’ve been asking for years now.
My questioning has taken a variety of forms, including:
- writing and editing for my high school and college newspapers,
- hosting a weekly podcast with analysis of the local news,
- blogging as a media critic,
- serving on the local daily paper’s editorial board,
- having letters to the editor accepted in local and national publications,
- working professionally to advise and support some of the biggest news publishers on the web,
- helping to organize a three-day national conference for publishers, and
- researching business models for local journalism.
I’ve been rewarded and challenged in all of those things, and in most cases I’ve been told that I’ve made a positive difference. And yet...I feel more concerned than ever about the waning appreciation for journalism and pursuit of the truth in modern society. I also feel more drawn than ever to trying to do something (else) about it.