Welcome to Groomed Journalism! Or is it Journalism Groomed? Either way, thanks for stopping by. Like any good news article, I’ll lead with the 5 W’s and, of course, the H.
I’m a 20-something career shifter, shifting my way from government consulting to a Master’s program in Journalism. My happy thought is somewhere between humorously fat cats and chai tea lattes.
This blog will chronicle my graduate school experience, from investigative assignments and trial-and-error multimedia projects to internships and journalism philosophies. The “groomed” in Groomed Journalism refers to both “caring for the appearance of; to make neat and trim” as well as “to prepare, as for a specific position or purpose.” You may have heard rumors about the decline of journalism; it’s true in some ways, but is reversible. I believe in newspapers – broadsheet and digital – and quality, verified reporting. It’s time to give Journalism a fresh haircut and upgrade its lens prescription, it’s time to groom the next generation of journalists.
Why J-School or Why Blog About J-School? You’re in luck, I’ll respond to both. It’s been a long, unexpected, expensive path to grad school and this program in particular. As a liberal arts major, I dreamed of saving the world one social services office at a time or at least via legal measures. Instead, I went corporate and spent several years writing proposals and toying with way too much Excel. As satisfying as this work sounds, I was not satisfied. I took the GMAT and applied to business schools, then realized that math is not my strength (the universities informed me of this deficiency, as well). After, I took the GRE and applied to nutrition programs, then realized that hard sciences are not my strength (the universities informed me of this deficiency, as well). I pursued another interest – writing – and the universities concurred. I’ve always been interested in reading and writing content for newspapers, so this feels like a natural fit. To boot, I’ll gain some technical skills in audio, video, web design, and photography; it’ll be a blast, I swear!
When researching journalism programs, one question popped up more than others: Is Journalism School Worth It? Some say it’s a way to build connections and learn basics, while others argue that all you need to be a journalist is a writing implement and printing platform. I’m hedging on the former, and will document my experiences, challenges, and thoughts in an effort to arrive at a suitable answer.
Right now, Fall 2011. Hopefully I’ll walk away with a diploma and some knowledge next year.
I’m attending a large East Coast university. No, it’s not Columbia.
By employing the tools and experiences that I’ll pick up during grad school, sprinkled with Google’s help.