“I teach journalism for a living to college students now. So I think a great deal about the newsrooms and the journalistic life my students will eventually enter. Should I teach them how disheartening it became for me at the end? Or should I teach them about, as a friend recently said, “the Great Mission and Moral Imperative” of the newspaper culture?”
Prof. Wilkins – Teach us everything. We’re big kids, we can handle it. Make sure we learn how to deal with a changing newsroom and how to adapt to different management structures and business models, not to mention new technologies. Teach us how to maintain our integrity and ideals in the face of profit concerns and stock prices. If there’s no way to do that, then we’re all wasting our time.