Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4. Day 216. Stories of my demise are greatly exaggerated

Oh what a dreadful tale of woe - at least that's what they'd have us believe. It would be easy to think that I work not only in a dying industry but in one that is deader than the trees it used to be printed on. But today I was again reminded that there is not only hope but room for optimism. Story 1. Breakfast at the Convention Centre where the wonderful Leigh Sales was awarded with a QUT outstanding alumni award. Leigh is an amazing journalist who has an ability to cut through the crap and noise and get to the truth. Then story 2. Tonight Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Narratively Noah Rosenberg addressed an audience of students at QUT about a model of storytelling beyond the 24 hour clickbait. Both are inspirations and both remind me why journalism is a great industry and not a dying industry. It also reminded me why I wanted to be a journalist in the first place. Because there is no end to the interesting stories out there that need to be told. The challenge is not finding the stories. The challenge right now is finding the right way to link the storytellers with the people wanting to hear their voices. That is not a tale of woe. That is just a story where the ending is still being written.

Breakfast is served

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