Yet, just because the methods of journalism are evolving, it doesn’t mean that we, as journalists, shouldn’t continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards. As Gene Myers, the executive director of the Detroit Free Press said during a workshop I attended Saturday, “It’s about the journalism, not about if a dead tree hit someone’s driveway.” He couldn’t have been more right.
In the end, as journalists, we shouldn’t care if our readers drink their cup of coffee with a newspaper or an iPad in their hands to read our stories. Our sole purpose is to get you, the audience, all the information you need to live informed lives every day.
People can get whatever news they’re looking for in a variety of places nowadays. You very well may have trailed off my column several paragraphs ago to pull up the New York Times or ESPN.com, and that’s not your fault. It’s not your job to stay with us; it’s our job to give you a reason to keep coming back.
Nathan Brown in an Indiana University student interning in The Herald Bulletin Sports Department.