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Truth for the ink-slingers, SBU style

"I know journalism has changed nearly 180 degrees since I graduated in 1983. But the principals -- accuracy, fairness, ethics and balance -- haven't. I felt honored to be taught by the founder, Dr. Jandoli. And be inspired by other veterans of the craft, like Prof. Barrecchia and Dr. Mary Hamilton. My message: Don't give up on your dreams. Be ready to travel. If you marry, make sure she/he knows that. Make sure you know how your lifestyle will be affected by the salary we make. They don't treat you well in the newsroom all the time. Some editors feel they need to be assholes to be tough and effective. That isn't true. They're just an asshole, who probably worked for another asshole. Focus on the good, fulfilling times. If you have a family, weigh their needs vs. yours. Maybe you know this. Also, don't listen to the politicians and others that criticize 'the media.' They never worked a day in the newsroom and can't write their way out of a paper bag. We're just honest, hard-working people trying to make a living. One more: Be confident. But there's no room for arrogance. We learn from what we report on. We are not experts. In anything. We are professional reporters, editors and writers. Humility is a virtue. And being polite to sources never goes out of style." — SBU JMC graduate Dave Szymanski


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 21st, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)

Where'd you find that?
Feb. 21st, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
He had posted it on Facebook, but I couldn't find it again if you held a gun to my head.
Feb. 21st, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Love it!
Feb. 21st, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
As Cmac said, "Truth."
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