I expect  journalists have always felt like ink-stained wretches at times — and especially now, with the Internet having devoured not only tens of thousands of our jobs, our hopes for financial security, and even the ink. The Poynter Institute’s Butch Ward offers some words of solace:

“Remember how talented you are: You can write. You can think critically. You can ask good questions. You are creative. You have passion. You can handle tight deadlines.

“The business world, I assure you, values these skills and — this might be too obvious a point — needs more people who possess them.

“Take heart. You will survive this.”

Ward, alas, is not so confident about the survival of communities without journalism.


I expect  journalists have always felt like ink-stained wretches at times — and especially now, with the Internet having devoured not only tens of thousands of our jobs, our hopes for financial security, and even the ink. The Poynter Institute’s Butch Ward offers some words of solace:

“Remember how talented you are: You can write. You can think critically. You can ask good questions. You are creative. You have passion. You can handle tight deadlines.

“The business world, I assure you, values these skills and — this might be too obvious a point — needs more people who possess them.

“Take heart. You will survive this.”

Ward, alas, is not so confident about the survival of communities without journalism.

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