Sigh. This email, from what I presume to be a desperate undergrad with a pressing essay deadline, is just in:
"The following survey questions are part of an Eastern Michigan University study of the effects of blogging on the business and practice of journalism. If you would like to participate, please email your answers to email@example.com before Saturday, August 18th. Thank you for your time, we look forward to your responses.
1. How has the news consumer been affected by blogs?
2. How has the traditional news media been affected by blogs?
3. How has the integrity of journalism been affected by blogs?"
My response, of course, is that the "news consumer", "traditional news media" and "integrity of journalism" hasn’t been affected by blogs in the slightest. We’ll see if that generates a something more than a form email in response. Since I’m a recovering sub-editor these days, I didn’t mention the comma splice at the end of his first paragraph. Shocking.
“A lot of college students select their medium in high school. When
they come onto campus, they’re already a TV person or a radio person or
a newspaper person,” said Wendelken.
“I’m a print journalist,” he continued, imitating the attitude of many aspiring journalists. “Why do I need to learn video?”
Again, for those at the back: if you think you want to be a journalist, I now don’t think there’s any excuse not to have a blog. The closer you get to looking around for jobs, the better it should be maintained. If you enter the jobs market without one, no matter how good your degree, you’re increasingly likely to lose out to people who better present all they can do, and have the experience of creating and curating their own site.
And, whatever you do, don’t spam people with your essay questions, sent out in the guise of a "University study"…