23
Mar
10

Politico

I attended Tuesday’s keynote speaker for WVU’s Journalism week 2010. The special guest for this event was John Harris, the co-founder of Politico. Politico is a political newspaper/website and it is one of the most trafficked newspaper sites on the web. It has been around for three years and it is said that Politico has more journalists in the White House than any other news organization.

John Harris says that he came to WVU to help give an answer to the people who question aspiring journalists as to “why the hell they would want to go into the journalism field when it is in such a state of disarray?”

His speech really was inspiring to a young journalist like myself. He showed that in the field of journalism right now there is a move toward a more entrepreneurial era. Traditional journalism gave the most influence and power to the heads of the most prestigious news organizations. But now with the web that is over. There are so many more ways to get journalistic influence out to the masses. It made me feel that now skills and experience I get on this blog that nobody, but my friends really read can be applied to my future career.

It was nice to see that he was one journalist whose  began in the traditional era of journalism that looks optimistically at the future and what new media will have to offer.

Overall, it is nice to hear that the money I am spending for a degree in journalism, has more to offer than just the mainstream of broadcast news and print journalism.

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