Journalism 2.0 “Tidal Wave”: Students Riding High, Adults Running Scared, According to Rutgers J-Prof

One of the most quotable quotes related to collegemediatopia this calendar year appears in a new PBS MediaShift piece that discusses the skill-abilities future journalists need to bring to the newsroom/Google Wave.

Speaking candidly about the generational divide existing between j-students and middle-aged-and-older j-professionals, former and NPR producer and current Rutgers University instructor Benjamin Davis admits the following:

“You have too many people that are old, or my age, that are moaning . . . and they are really missing the tidal wave.  My students are riding the crest of that tidal wave.  As a matter of fact, they don’t even know it’s a tidal wave . . . that they are in a digital tsunami.  They are just having fun in the water, and guys my age are on the beach and seeing this tsunami and running like hell.”

The comment is a spot-on echo of numerous other observations and opinions uttered in recent years reflecting the irony of journalism 2.0’s outlook: It seems to depend heavily on who is doing the looking.  And younger journalists, the current or recent students, do appear to express far more optimism and excitement at what will be possible in times to come.

Extreme naiveté, in a negative sense?  That is certainly one fair view.  But maybe it’s a positive- a willingness to not be tied down by what has failed or is failing and instead be prepared and more eager to meet the challenges of creating new paradigms when the wave fully washes over us.  Again, it’s all about perspective.

J-students, what’s your take? Riding high in digital j-land or running like hell?

One Response to “Journalism 2.0 “Tidal Wave”: Students Riding High, Adults Running Scared, According to Rutgers J-Prof”
  1. Bryan Murley says:

    Is anyone using Google Wave?

    And I am happy wading in the water with the “youngsters.” Not a “digital native” according to most folks, but I grew up on TRS-80s, Apple IIs and Atari, so I guess I’m in the “bridge” generation.