AJC reorganization

Journalism

As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution directs its resources toward a digital future and offers buyouts to 80 of its employees, I begin to worry about my future as a print journalist. I don’t foresee print papers falling by the wayside as countless others do, but I do think that college journalists will have to adapt their coursework to the Web world.

A student worker in the Georgia Scholastic Press Association office (GSPA) sent an email to journalism professors quoting an AJC report that we don’t teach our journalism students the up-to-date tech style of the industry. The many tenured professors are still teaching class the way they were taught, and we’re writing in circles, trying to compete for the top industry jobs.

I recently read an article that the Editor-in-Chief at the Red & Black wrote for her editorial class, and she’s dreading the last few months until her graduation. What has become so popular and necessary in the second-to-second world of instant online journalism is finally becoming a reality to this year’s seniors. The GSPA worker who sent the email is also fretting about the same idea.

As a freshman, I have the opportunity to pick up where those who are just a few years ahead of me can’t.

That issue is why I signed up for the free blogging and soundslide lessons offered by the Red & Black online editor today and why I’m tinkering around with this blog. I am determined to show my proficiency with WordPress, FrontPage, InDesign, Quark, Word, Excel, Photoshop, Soundslides, Audacity a digital voice recorder, a Canon Rebel, and whatever else I will probably pick up in the next few years. While I used to think I would leave CSS to the pros, I’m now considering it crucial to the appeal of a blog or news site.

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2 thoughts on “AJC reorganization

  1. The AJC’s been reorganizing for a while now (at least according to my dad). However, even as they reorganize, they need to be careful about it, because he’s also mentioned to me that their web department can be very slow on updates. For example, they rushed to send their photos from the first half of a football game during halftime, and the slideshow didn’t show up until well after the game had ended.

    And print isn’t dead! The Northside and Metro sections are still thriving. Northside is by far the most popular section, and it’s doing quite well.

  2. Very true, but I need to have the skills on my resume to be the best to hire. I don’t think print is dead, but I think more and more print journalists will be called to fill both print and digital roles — like your dad with his photos!

    From the AJC article: The zones that remain will be larger than previous publications, focusing on the most populous areas of metro Atlanta — Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. The AJC will keep its NorthSide and Gwinnett editions and create two new sections, or “zones,” as they are known in the industry. One will cover parts of Cobb and Cherokee counties, while the other will focus on the city of Atlanta and much of DeKalb County. This probably stands out for you because you live in Cobb.

    On the other hand, we other Metro countians, see this difference in the article: The changes in the AJC’s Thursday community sections mean the elimination of editions that have focused on, or carried news about, several counties: Bartow, Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale. Down goes my Coweta.

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