Business models imploding, newsrooms gutted, content outsourced, Donald Trump, “fake news,” sex harassment, bankruptcies, ethics transgressions, declining public trust, reporters beheaded, a premium on being first not being right, increasing public ignorance, Hulk Hogan, more Donald Trump, magazines dying, Facebook and Google gobbling up ads, local government coverage atrophying, Michael Wolff, overseas coverage waning, and media nonprofits going poof.
If you’ve covered media for the past two and a half years, calamities could be all consuming. You felt part disaster relief specialist, part medical examiner, and part cultural archaeologist sifting through ruins.
Yet, like the U.N. humanitarian aid worker dispatched to one catastrophe after another, you persist and find the glimmers of hope. They are abundant, as made clear Thursday in tracking down smart folks (not hard when stuck in midtown Manhattan traffic) with a simple question: “What’s one reason you are optimistic about the media future?” Fighting another trend, no unnamed sources were allowed.
Chuck Todd, NBC News: “I’m optimistic about the next generation of journalists for two specific reasons: 1) Sheer numbers. Millennial interest in journalism is way up. The perception of the power of media has helped. The greater the numbers, the greater the opportunity is to make sure the best and the brightest make it into journalism.”
“2) Millennials want to believe they can make a unique difference themselves (however one defines that) and that entrepreneurial mindset should work well in journalism. As we figure out what ‘media’ looks like in the next two decades, millennials will shape it in ways that,
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