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A Look Ahead

By Daniel Medina ’12
Multimedia Journalist

When I first entered the lobby of soon-to-be-named Pulitzer Hall on a hot, muggy August day, I was taken aback by the grandeur of one of journalism's vaunted venues. The Columbia Journalism School is the Yankee Stadium to baseball or the Wembley to soccer. It is where journalism took off and, these days, it is where a troubled industry finds itself looking for new ideas to maintain its relevance in an ever-increasingly chaotic media landscape.

Mr. Pulitzer's almost hegemonic domination of the print medium in his heyday was unlike anything we will ever witness in our lifetimes. The Internet has changed the way we live, we write and the way we think. Social media has transformed our industry in ways unimaginable even a decade ago.Today, there is too much competition out there now for any one publication or any one medium to stand out amongst the rest. But, this is not an assault on traditional reporting as we know it but, alas, this is better for journalism and better for the consumer.

The current predicament has forced us to innovate, to perfect our craft and to value the demands of our readers, viewers and listeners. Every industry must endure its share of tough times when a long-established method of thinking is challenged.

On the 100th anniversary of the Journalism School, I feel honored to be part of this class of 2012 and I am fully confident that we will carry the banner for high quality journalism here and around the world. I look forward to reading my classmates in the most prestigious dailies around the world, seeing them on network television, witnessing their developments in digital media and listening to them on commercial and public radio.

Posted by: Current StudentCurrent Student April 2012

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