I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this blog over the past 13 weeks.
This isn’t the end of this blog, by any means. But as some of you may know, I resurrected this blog to fulfill a class assignment, which is now ending. I wish I could tell you that I had the motivation to write a thoughtful, well-researched post on an issue facing journalism every single week, but something tells me that’ll be unlikely to happen.
That said, I do hope to continue to post, and hopefully I’ll be able to share thoughts with you all and cool things that I find in the world of journalism.
I really do, truly, think that if journalists can learn to take their profession seriously, take responsibility for their actions, and focus on the good, the true, and the beautiful in the world, we’ll all be a lot better off as a result. Of course, I’m still learning how to do that myself, as are so many others.
For all you podcast enthusiasts out there, I have the podcast for you. IT’S THE GOOD NEWS EVERYONE PODCAST!!
From now on I’m going to start recording my posts as audio podcasts in addition to (or occasionally instead of) a written post. Right now it’s available only on Soundcloud, but soon I’ll have it up on iTunes as well so you can subscribe in the normal way.
Producing a story is generally a team effort, but some journalists may choose to fly solo. A “backpack journalist” is, in the words of Poynter’s Michelle Michael, “tasked with producing a video [or] story from A to Z all by themselves.” That includes researching, interviewing, and producing all the elements necessary for a professional, polished piece of journalism.
Of course, the most important attribute of any backpack journalist is determination, grit, and the willingness to work really hard for sometimes minimal rewards. But that being said, a lot of technology exists today that can make your life a lot easier.