On the day the Government shutdown, Dean Baquet, managing editor of THE New York Times, still held his speech in a room full of thankful students and faculty, waiting for his arrival. It was cool to know the New York Times could handle it while he was gone– what an honor it would be to write for that paper.
Dean Baquet praised the entire room, giving us a true wake-up call– reminding us all why we have come to THE Pennsylvania State University. “I’m envious of your age; you will be able to do things I never could.” He expressed that we have the power literally at our fingertips with today’s technology to be successful, and influential writers who love their jobs. This was a great reminder. And even though we should aim for big news organizations, if that doesn’t happen or at least not right away, we can still make a name for ourselves through this new technology.
And with that reminder, it also made me realize how much we really do need to take advantage of social media and blogs, as future journalists. I’ve never heard that as much as I have in the last two months and I have to admit, I don’t really want to change in that aspect. I feel somewhat negative towards social media, which is why I didn’t have a Twitter before this class and don’t want to make an Instagram and so on… that and I feel like it’s kind of redundant once you have one, why do you need to be a member of all social media sites… But each one has a different focus and it’s interesting to learn the potential of each [for our specific career]. So, I plan to change my thinking regarding social media… slowly… but surely.
Baquet coming to our university did nothing but re-energize my life-long interest in the New York Times– a dream of having some sort of affiliation with the paper as part of my career; an absolute DREAM.
In a college full of so many majors, it was refreshing to be around peers who speak the same language, want the same things and care about the same things. And to top that, hear from Dean Baquet speak of our industry in such a positive and refreshing light.
I don’t know about you all, but Baquet made me feel important as a future journalist, with the “craft” it is, like we can each be some sort of superhero wherever we end up, just by reporting the news professionally. People knock our industry and even our major like it isn’t serious or hard just because we don’t deal with engineering classes, but he was right– it is a craft and not everyone can do it. “Embrace the public service emblem of journalism– because that IS what it is.”
I hope each of you felt the same inspiration I did.