As a young television producer working at KRON TV in San Francisco I had the opportunity to attend a weeklong seminar at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was one of the first times I was able to explore my craft with other like minded professionals and learn from some of the best in the business. Among them was Rod Prince, one of the brilliant producers of NBC Network News who I eventually had the privilege to work with. That week fired me up like no other and the skills I developed remain with me to this day. The Poynter Institute is an amazing place to grow. With the economy in a meltdown it is getting more difficult for aspiring journalists to get a first break. A mom on the lacrosse field told me her soon to be college graduate was very discouraged by the prospects and another would be broadcaster decided to abandon television news altogether for a career in public relations. Here is an article by the Poynter Institute’s Jill Geisler on why people should still hire journalists. It speaks to the virtues and the myriad of abilities of those who report the news.
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