My End-of-Decade Top 10 List

As the end of the decade nears, I’m realizing that many of the statements being issued in the Web journalism vs. ‘traditional’ journalism  debate these days are repetitive — pointless points made countless times during the past decade of revolution.

So, here’s my Top 10 Ode to Dinosaurs or What I’m Tired Of Hearing From Those Unwilling to Change With the Times:

No. 10:  “Oh, all those errors on the Web!” Yeah, print has been perfect.

No. 9: “Bloggers aren’t journalists, they give too much opinion.” Hey, have you watched TV ‘analysis’ lately?

No. 8: “Twitter, that is such a funny name!, how can anyone take it seriously?”  Sigh.

No. 7: “What’s going to happen to investigative journalism?” Stop whining and do it. Look around.

No. 6: “Let’s have MSM sites set up subscription models like print!” See: Music playing as Titanic sinks.

No. 5: “There is no depth to Web journalism.” See: Endless news hole, no space restrictions.

No. 4: “Once we get through this recession, papers will be fine.” Ok, Dorothy, click your heels three times.

No. 3: “There is just so much to keep up with with all this technology stuff.” Uh huh, get used to it.

No. 2: “The web doesn’t let me curl up with my newspaper.” No, but there is this thing called bookmarks…

AND, No. 1 on my Top 10 Ode to Dinosaurs: “Oh, this Web thing is just a fad. ” Heard it many times during the decade and some still hoping.

Happy New Year!



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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One Response to My End-of-Decade Top 10 List

  1. No. 8 is kind of true. Haha. So is No. 3, Garageband is easier than Audacity, by the way.

    I’m getting worried, though. It’s like its Print vs. Web out there. In the short amount of time I spent at The Herald, I saw it. The Web staff gets no respect, but they have good ideas. Quit it with the antagonism, and let’s bring the two worlds together.

    All the doomsday stuff coming from the Print-thusiasts is doing a good job making people believe journalism is dying rather than changing, so they’re not even bothering with the news anymore.

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