I graduated from college in 2002, when newspapers really were skeptical of blogs. By 2004, I was being paid by a Media News Group paper to blog full time. In 2006, I attended a top flight journalism school where professors forced students to blog, new media guru Jay Rosen constantly harped on the need for newspapers to innovate, and almost none of my peers, all people who sought journalism degrees, had any objection to blogging. (Emphasis added.)Let that be a lesson to you young people: Whatever else you do, avoid journalism school. Unless you plan to be a first-round pro football draft pick like Joe Namath, or a future president of the United States, like Sarah Palin.
It would be impossible to compile a list of famous journalists who never attended journalism school, because it's pretty much all of them. If you want to be a journalist, the first thing to do is get a job at a newspaper -- sweeping the floor or driving a delivery route, if that's all they've got -- and go from there. My first newspaper job, I got paid $4.50 an hour and, yes, my duties included driving the delivery truck on Wednesdays.
As to blogging, why in God's green earth would a blogger pay money to go to journalism school? Just open up a Blogspot account and get cracking. It ain't rocket science. Hell's bells, even lawyers can do it.
UPDATE: Now that I think about it, welcome to the Robert Stacy McCain Blogging Academy. The curriculum:
- BEGINNER BLOGGING 101 -- Covers basic HTML, Memeorandum, trackbacking like a mofo.
- INTERMEDIATE BLOGGING 201 -- Downloading photos, embedding video, Christina Hendricks.
- ADVANCED BLOGGING 301 -- Drinking with Joy McCann, Rusty Shackleford, Pam Geller, Ace of Spades and Stephen Green; trying to prevent Jeff Goldstein from starting a riot; avoiding the cops when they come looking for Goldstein.
- SENIOR SEMINAR 401 -- Glenn Reynolds' personal e-mail address; photos of Glenn Reynolds at an AB301 session during CPAC.
UPDATE II: In the comments, Conor informs us that he got free tuition to J-school. See what I mean? They have to give the stuff away.
UPDATE III: An "uncommonly naked expression of the Sarah Palin right" -- see? It's not like Conor hasn't learned anything: naked+sarah+palin = mega-traffic! Not as good as naked+glenn+reynolds perhaps . . .