Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Bono on J students

Recommended reading for journalism students: Mark Bonokoski's column on Tuesday.

"Once upon a time, there was Watergate, and journalists of my generation dreamed of being the next Woodward or Bernstein," says Mark, a former editor of the Eyeopener and the Ryersonian, two Ryerson student newspapers.

"But not so much anymore, or so it seems."

His concern is the laziness of today's journalism students and he wonders if "the next generation of journalists want nothing more than the lowering of the bar so that quick hits and shallow reportage will rule the day."

For starters, says Mark, get the names right, including his last name. And don't conduct interviews via e-mail. Pick up the phone and talk to people.

Mark's column reminded TSF of a couple of e-mails we received from Ryerson students addressed to "J. Douglas Creighton," the late, great Toronto Sun co-founder.

Not a good start in the media research department.

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