Sunday, February 28, 2010

Be encouraged, editor tells J students

The president of the American Society of News Editors recently assured students at Penn State that now is a great time to be in journalism.

"This is an opportune time to be a journalist," said Martin Kaiser. "From all this uncertainty comes opportunities."

Kaiser, coverred by the Daily Collegian newspaper, said he realizes that there are problems in the industry, but that there are actually more readers now then ever before. The main problem to be solved is how to bring in revenue to the newspapers from the online readers.

With the increased amount of online traffic for newspaper Web sites also comes an opportunity for reporters to experiment, Kaiser said. New technology gives reporters "an opportunity to be more transparent," lending more credibility and interactivity to stories.