3032378977_cf0b28a702If you’re reading this, you probably know that newspapers are going through some rough times. Who needs “Rock of Love” when all the tension and nail-biting drama can be found in the newspaper industry?

In fact, Berkeley’s J-School (Graduate School of Journalism, for the uninitiated) is sponsoring a series of events this semester about the media.

Want a taste? On Oct. 26, they’re showing a docudrama. What’s more, “this docudrama will focus on four young university students as they follow their dream to build a robot that will win the annual robot competition (ROBOCON) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.” Come on, you gotta want a piece of that action!

On Nov. 4, there will be a talk by Scott Rosenberg entitled “We Are All Bloggers Now.” (Oh Rosenberg, you have no idea.) And there’s much, much more.

Still unimpressed? On Oct. 21, Greg Winter, foreign editor of the NEW YORK FREAKING TIMES, gave a talk about international news in the digital age. Here are a few things we learned:

Greg Winter is awesome. He has a ponytail, speaks like Fred Armisen, swears like a sailor, and still manages to navigate through a never-ending news cycle with aplomb.

Journalists have a great lingo. For example, an enterprise story (sorry, Trekkies, no dice this time) is a proactive story that a reporter pursues. Stringers are not heroin addicts or something else morally dubious–they’re actually people who work on the ground for newspapers in various countries.

Also, saying “paragraphs” is not cool. Serious reporters only have time to say “graphs.” Presumably this is because in the time it took you to say “para” they already talked to a source and probably managed to win another Pulitzer.

If that isn’t enough to make you go to these talks, then you clearly don’t want to know about journalism slang or Mongolian robots. And if that’s true, there just isn’t hope for our generation.

Bringing the World to Journalism School [UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism]
Image source: alex-s under Creative Commons

NightRaven said:
Oct 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Similarly, writing “graphs” is not cool as the special journalist lingo indicates the word should be written as “grafs.” This is one of the few interesting things I learned in J-School.

Current students: DROP OUT NOW. No one will care if you have a degree in journalism. I have a MA in Journalism from NYU (class of ’02) and all I have to show for it is a few magazine clips and tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Quit while you’re ahead!