A Temple professor tells college kids there's no more inspiring time to be a journalist.
Stover--who was also the editor of his high school newspaper--is a broadcast journalism major. He thinks combining the skills and knowledge of the different genres will make him more marketable.
"May 14th is graduation, which is scary," he says. "Before graduation I'd like to have something lined up. I don't care if it's in Erie, Pennsylvania, Juneau, Alaska, or Lubbock, Texas."
Someone taught this kid well. I wish I could take credit, but he's never been in one of my classes.
I'm not rich and I'm not famous.
But I haven't regretted choosing journalism.
I've been able to write a story about the Philadelphia legal team fighting the U.S. government for unjustly abusing innocent Iraqi citizens at Abu Ghraib. I profiled West Philadelphia High School Auto Academy's eco-friendly car builders who won an international competition. I've written about dozens of victims of pointless crime in this city, trying to attach faces to grim statistics.
I don't think I've made a great difference with my journalistic work during my 15 years in the business. But I hope I've taught people a little more about their world.
I apply the same philosophy to teaching.
The future of journalism is uncertain. The students of today--more so than ever before--have the ability to shape what the profession will someday look like.
It's my job to make sure they know that.
That's why I teach journalism.
G.W. Miller III is teaching Journalism & Society, Magazine Article Writing, and Entrepreneurial Journalism at Temple University this fall.
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