Welcome to Spring semester at UT-Austin! Hope you enjoyed the break. Tomorrow at 5 p.m., we get back to the work of analyzing the future of journalism.
Given the fluid nature of our field, at a time when anything appearing in print has a certain and almost immediate oldness to it (for example), this course (Writing for Online Publication, or as I prefer to call it: the Future of Journalism class) has needed a fresh shake—a reboot, if you will. So, as we speak, I’m working to clean out the cobwebs from Fall semester and reconsider some of the assumptions that, even since just then, need to be revised and reconsidered. I’ll post the updated syllabus soon.
In the meantime, perhaps the biggest shift in the chatter on journalism’s future, looking at just the past few months, is the increased sense that we need an innovation revolution in journalism, a new entrepreneurial ethos (just one example, from PressThink). With that in mind, I’m beefing up this class’ focus on student-generated innovations for news. Stay tuned.