[AEJMC Newspaper Division list] An Old Coot's thoughts about the"Newspaper" Division

Judith L Sylvester jsylves at lsu.edu
Tue Aug 10 17:24:59 CDT 2010

Judith Sylvester
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From: news-list-bounces at aejmc.net on behalf of MARTIN HALSTUK
Sent: Tue 8/10/2010 12:40 PM
To: Carrie Brown
Cc: news-list at aejmc.net
Subject: [AEJMC Newspaper Division list] An Old Coot's thoughts about the"Newspaper" Division


I am an old coot. I LOVE newspapers. I used to be city editor of the San Francisco Examiner and a business editor at the Los Angeles Times. I was a reporter at the Oakland Tribune and at the San Francisco Chronicle. 

I do not text, I do not twitter, I do not use "friend" as a verb. I've never seen MySpace or Facebook--I don't want to. I still get ink on my hands from turning the pages of newspapers--which I've done every day of my life, since I could read. (I remember reading stories about Ike for President.)

That said, I am loathe to admit it--but to continue to call our division the "Newspaper" Division does not serve our division's future nor recognize the hard realities of media convergence and current news-audience practices and preferences. 

Fact is, the profession that we used to love does not really exist any longer in practical terms for a plethora of reasons including, but not limited to, technology and economics.

It pains me to say so, but: It is what it is. How about the "News Media" Division, which could comprise newsprint newspapers along with online newspapers, and maybe even NEWS "blogs" --which I DO NOT READ but do realize that the news-consumer audience younger than I, which is damn near everyone, does.

Best wishes to all,
Martin Halstuk


On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 02:26 PM, Carrie Brown <carrielisabrown at gmail.com> wrote:

	Just a quick two cents. I personally don't care passionately about the name - as I believe Phil Meyer said, it's not so much about what the individual division is named but about the overall organization of AEJMC. But the passionate defenses of newsprint on this listserv do, with all due respect, convince younger faculty members such as myself and folks in the industry of our increasing lack of relevance (e.g. http://www.digitaldeliverance.com/2010/07/31/aejmc/). Regardless of the high esteem we may place on newspapers, my research partner and I have collectively spent months actually visiting them and conducting well over 100 interviews in the past two years, and what they are desperately in need of from the academic community is forward-thinking research on how they can change, build a business model, and enhance the core values of journalism using the many tools the Web makes available to us.  I'd like to see the same level of passion and interest in THAT kind of discussion as I so frequently hear from this division about how sad or scary change is and how we must continue to venerate newsprint.
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