How should I feel?

I just finished watching yesterday’s Chicago Tonight where there was yet another discussion about the state of media in our fair city and everywhere else.

I watch and/or attend these discussions every time, because I keep hoping someone will, on the spot, come up with a brilliant solution to the whole mess. Then they’ll hire me and my fellow unemployed and underemployed journalists to do some gutsy investigative reporting. Then we’ll figure out how to do said reporting in a manner that would make every literate man, woman and child read it and act on it. Then, corruption will be stamped out forever, everyone will be an educated citizen, there will be peace in the Middle East and unicorns will prance in the streets.

Alas, none of that has happened so far.

After watching this latest installement of “What the f*ck is going on with media and journalism?!!” I’m wondering about just one thing. What I’m wondering is: should I be reassured or perturbed by folks who currently have pretty cushy jobs & salaries saying the same thing the rest of us are constantly thinking: I hope someone will pay me to keep writing. What should I feel? Relief or mortification?

It’s a tough call to make.

2 Comments

  1. Kate Gardiner September 5, 2009

    My photo is sideways. Wonder why…
    I think we should ban journalism panels for a year. They’re all the same… and I go to the ones you go to, and the other ones, and the other other ones… So many panels. So little new information. Yes, I think that eventually we’ll get to a point where a new idea will come about.

    I don’t think that it’s gonna happen at Loyola or Columbia Chicago or DePaul or (heaven-forbid) Medill in a conference room where 10 appointed minds are addressing a crowd… it might happen sometime when we’re all stuck in a room together thinking hard about what’s to come and where we want to go… but unconference-style forums are hard to come by in Chicago…

    Perhaps that’s where we should be looking…

  2. Anna Tarkov September 5, 2009

    Yep, I agree. One too many stuffed shirts in this town for an unconference methinks. You’re not alone in this thinking by the way: http://www.windycitizen.com/anna-tarkov/media/2009/09/04/future-of-news-to-be-decided-by-white-men-again#comment-11485

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