Daily Archives: January 13, 2010

Columbia seeks director for digital journalism center

By Melanie Eversley, Rewrite Reporter at  USA Today, DJTF Treasurer

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on Monday made official its commitment to modern journalism by announcing that it will create the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

The school in New York City has raised $10 million as required by The Tow Foundation, which made a $5 million pledge to establish the institution.

“At a time when our profession is undergoing fundamental change, these commitments will make it possible for the Journalism School to maximize the leadership role it has played ever since Joseph Pulitzer’s establishing gift back in 1903,” a release quoted Dean Nicholas Lemann as saying.

To this end, the school is searching globally for someone to direct the new center. The director will act as a faculty member who will teach, oversee and conduct research, work with news organizations and develop new ways to deliver information.

If you are interested in applying for the director’s position, or know someone who would be, information is available here on the Columbia University website.

Whatever Happened to the Pen and Notepad?

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

I was taking a spin through my Google Reader when I came across this post from the Flip the Media blog: Too Dependent On Digital Tools? I’m one of those old-school journalists that loves to go on about how when I started in the business, we used typewriters.  I kvetch and moan about how my job used to be simple, with all I needed to do it was a pen and a notepad.

Well, those days are gone, and this old dog has worked mightily to learn new tricks to stay relevant in my chosen career of journalism.  Writer John Stang — an old school journalist like me — started his post calling out journalists of his generation “who sulk on the sidelines about digital media passing them by. Wishing for the mythical good old days gets pretty boring pretty fast.”

Stang is enrolled in the Master of Communications in Digital Media at the University of Washington, so has his foot on both sides of the fence.   He noted that most of his classmates had laptops in class to type while the teacher was lecturing.   He said he was fascinated — and worried — that his classmates couldn’t have a discussion without leaving the laptop.

Stang made an interesting point — it’s hard to chase after a source after a press conference with your laptop to get more comments.  I love my laptop, but when I’m attending press conferences, panels and seminars, the pen and notebook still work best.  But I am looking at buying the Livescribe Pen, recommended to me by tech guru Mario Armstrong.  it gives me the best of both worlds.  What do you think?