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As the newspaper industry implosion continues apace and scores of journalists are dumped into an unwelcoming job market, TV reporting has not, as yet, been a viable alternative for most. The transition is too daunting, the skills and professional vocabularies too different for most former newspaper reporters to try to make the leap.
The Journalism Journey Initiative at the E.W. Scripps Co. was launched earlier this year to bridge that chasm. Sponsored by Google, the initiative accepted an initial cohort of six former print reporters for a two-year program that offers on-the-job training at Scripps stations across the country.
Angelika Albaladejo and Jessica DeLeon are two of the program’s initial class, and in this Talking TV conversation they share their early reflections on what drew them to the program and how they’re managing the transition so far. Their individual stories may illuminate the path for other journalists considering the change rather than quitting the news business altogether. And for stations still struggling with unfilled positions, they offer a glimpse at how widening the search for new journalists may bring advantages of experience and fresh eyes that younger hires might not necessarily offer.
Episode transcript below, edited for clarity.
Michael Depp: Earlier this year, the E.W. Scripps Co. launched the Journalism Journey Initiative, a program that looks to retrain professional journalists from the print world in the industry by redeploying their skills for video driven reporting platforms, notably TV. The program is being funded by Google. The first cohort of