Journalists are evolving. The Internet is changing them. It’s changing all of us – for better or worse. For instance, I read something somewhere (I’d link you to it but that URL is long lost to Interweb vastness and my personal media overloading) that someone said they had always been a voracious, careful, plodding reader of books, but that now, because of so much of his life lived online, he found his mind wandering all over the place, and all over the narrative and the plot, after a few pages into a book.
I too find it difficult to read an entire book straight through lately, something I used to do all the time, constantly and with little waver, in the best of times and worst of times, from the day I learned to read, back in first grade or so. Reading books, from start to finish, was just the way I, gulp, was.
Then again, it could be that living the life of a multimedia-driven soccer mom just leaves me too exhausted by 10pm to stay-up and read for another hour at least. I hit the bed at night, I’m out like a light. And the lure of fascinating TV coverage, ignited by AC and his band of pundits mostly, in this delightfully fast-paced political primary season, is far too strong for my e-driven mind too to be terribly bothered with books right now.
Anyways, back to the point I was planning on making… journalists are really changing. Everything about them is changing. Read over some of these fascinating comments from the UK’s Guardian:
Riazat Butt says it was Islamophonic – the award-winning podcast about Islamic affairs – that changed the way she thought about the world.
“I very quickly realised what the advantages of working for an online audience are, but there was a time when I thought online journalism wasn’t journalism because they would just read the wires and rewrite it. Now it means more to me to get stories onto the web than in the
“Internationally there’s a greater appetite for stories, and the other advantage is that people link to you. It’s a great way of promoting your stuff and promoting the Guardian brand as a place for
“My rival at the Times, Ruth Gledhill, writes about anything and everything – like her skiing holidays – and she has now got one of the highest rating ‘religion blogs’.
“The greatest example has been through the podcast. We did a pilot and it was so good that we put it straight up. I think the way I treated Islam and Muslim life helped me get a staff job on the paper, because they wanted something more accessible into the paper – not just about theology and all that.”
More here. Fire-up that “religious” podcast, eh?! Or at the very least, if you want to be a serious, paid journalist nowadays, best get down to some serious blogging. I hear it’s what the cool journo-minded kids are all doing.
FYI, a total treasure trove of Georgia-specific podcasts, everything from politics, interviews with politicians, authors, producers, bloggers, culture, lit, southern stuff liked discussions about sweet tea, religion, news, current affairs, southern history, sports, technology, business, music… whew… can be found in two wonderfully homegrown media gardens: South Georgia Attorney Wilson Smith’s What Is Goin’ On? and Amber and Rusty’s, our local Atlanta Internet prom Queen and King, Georgia Podcast Directory. Enjoy!
Thanks for the shout Grayson!
I also have not been reading as many books the past year or two, but I have been subscribing to some short fiction podcasts lately and listening while I run. There are a lot of audiobooks in iTunes, and there are also sites like podiobooks.com (terrible name, great content). Might be something to look into.