I am very glad that I was able to listen to Dean Baquet, who is the managing editor of The New York Times, speak at the Foster-Foreman Conference. When our COMM 260 class got there I was really worried that I was going to have to hear a depressing speech about the sad future of the journalism industry. Instead, Baquet has changed my mind about that.
His speech gave me hope for not only the journalism industry, but also all other types of industries in America. If everyone listened to Baquet they will be given hope! The main point of his speech was to show the journalism students, who were present at the conference, how many opportunities are given to them.
When he got to the stage, Baquet talked to everyone with such enthusiasm! He actually said, “I’m envious of your age.” This made me realize how lucky my generation is to have such technological advancements. I now feel bad for reporters before the Internet; they must have spent hours in the library searching for background information.
Baquet not only made the students at the conference proud of their generation, he also gave them tips on how to preserve the craft of story telling. His five tips were: take the job that will help you listen and report; learn history; understand the difference between building a career and honing a craft; read, read, read and never stop reading; and finally don’t get so caught up with your ambitions and aspirations that you miss experience.
I feel my opinion of the journalism industry has changed for the better from listening to this great man speak. He showed me that the journalism industry is not just full of people that think timeliness is more important than if it’s correct. This industry is actually full of men and women who would like to preserve the craft of story telling. I find this to be beautiful because in this fast paced world there are still people out there that understand the real meaning of being able to write well.
Thank you Lori for taking us to see Baquet! Now I have a question for my fellow classmates, did you agree or disagree with his company’s policy with withholding information from the public because the government asked them to? I agree on the fact that it will protect people, but what if it is extremely important person that public needs to know about?