I’ve recently reached a crossroads in my life. I started my journalism education with the intention of working in print for the rest of my life. Fast forward two years and so much has changed.
Let me preface this post by saying I am still very much in love with print. I still read a newspaper daily, but I am no longer sure that working on the print side of a news organization is in my future.
In the last year I have fallen in love with the innovation and the possibilities that the internet presents us as journalists.
We are no longer bound by the number of inches available in the print edition. We now have limitless space — which we should use constructively, just because we can publish a 200 inch story doesn’t mean we should. We have endless options for engaging and openly communicating with our community. The people who read our papers — or watch our programs — are no longer idle observers in the news process, they have become active participants.
I don’t know what the future will bring and I still know that I would be happy working on the print side, but the allure of constant change, interaction with the community and endless possibilities will no longer go unnoticed on my radar.
I have begun capturing part of the allure and am pleased to report that as of August 2010, I have stopped focusing on the print product at the Iowa State Daily and am pleased to be serving as the online editor. I even hosted my first live chat this week as the Daily held its annual editors meeting with Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy.