Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2010

KU dean discusses future of journalism during Washington, D.C., trip

May 6, 2010


Ann Brill

Ann Brill

During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Kansas University’s journalism dean visited with USA Today newspaper executives about the future of journalism.

Ann Brill participated in an afternoon session with top executives of the Gannett Co. newspaper last week. The group included many KU alumni, including David Hunke, the publisher of the newspaper.

“It’s not as dire as a lot of people are saying,” Brill said. “There are a lot of good opportunities for good people.”

She said the group discussed a number of different skills that will be needed from journalists of the future including the ability to access and verify information, problem-solving skills, visual communication skills and the ability to think entrepreneurially.


Ken Miller 7 years, 11 months ago

I would like more details on which medium Ann was referring to with her "not dire" comment. If she is talking about newspaper journalists, it is VERY dire. Just look at what's been going on at the KC Start the last two years, including more newsroom layoffs announced yesterday. Story is the same across the country. Now, if she is referring to journalism in its whole, then I would tend to agree with her. There is ample opportunity for those who can write and do research - if they have a little entrepreneurial spirit. And not just with the Internet - but small public and private-sector orgs need good writers and researchers for fact-based "reporting" and marketing pieces. Many of today's leaders now understand the critical importance of information gathering and sharing - they just don't rely on the newspaper, or the old standard electronic media including local radio and TV anymore.

betti81 7 years, 11 months ago

I believe she is referring to journalism as a whole.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Newsweek seems to be up for sale. How far the mighty have fallen.

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 11 months ago

In 2009 close to 20,000 newsroom jobs vanished in the US.

Dan Thalmann 7 years, 11 months ago

Journalism as a whole will never die. Not anyone can take complex topics/stories and provide a summary for laymen. It is an actual skill. Just look at the number of blogs that occasionally come up on searches by authors who promise big things to their readers and three posts later we never hear from them again. But there are also some absolutely amazing, skilled bloggers out there. The information industry is changing drastically. In the wake of a lot of bankrupt newspapers, there will also likely be a lot of new opportunities with media, and actual printed newspapers will probably still exist, but only as a quality niche product out of many quality media products.

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