Journalism: rocky future ahead, still a great job

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New York Times editor visits Kennesaw State campus KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 9, 2013) — Even…

Georgia (Apr 9, 2013)New York Times editor visits Kennesaw State campus

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 9, 2013) — Even as news organizations scramble to keep up with changes across the Internet landscape, reporting remains one of the greatest of jobs, Clifford J. Levy, a New York Times deputy editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, told a group of Kennesaw State students.

“I love asking questions,” Levy said. “And here’s the cool thing about being a journalist — you can ask questions of anybody. You might tell me to buzz off, but I can still go up and ask you questions. That’s the really cool thing about being a journalist. You want to write a story about zoos, you go over to the zoo and ask the zookeeper, ‘Tell me about what you do.’ Anyone who is curious, anyone who has a broad range of interests — that’s what journalism is. It gives you the license to ask questions.”

Levy was on the Kennesaw State University campus to speak about the future of journalism as part of the American Democracy Project lecture series. He treated the visit as an AMA — “ask me anything” — taking questions from the students and delineating the challenges news organizations face: declining revenue; the public is used to getting its news for free; short attention spans of readers; and the advent of mobile computing, which is forcing more changes.

“We are all groping our way into the future hoping that we can make it,” Levy said.

Levy’s three-part series “Broken Homes,” which exposed the abuse and the sometimes fatal neglect of the mentally ill in state-regulated homes, was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer for investigative reporting. In the 2010 series “Above the Law” Levy and Ellen Barry examined Russian corruption and abuse of power two decades after the collapse of communism. The series was awarded the Pulitzer in international reporting the following year.

--Yolanda Rodriguez


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