Well, that explains everything

by Robert Stacy McCain | January 5, 2009 12:01 am

After several months of trying to figure out what Conor Friedersdorf’s problem was, now I see[1]:

I graduated from college in 2002, when newspapers really were skeptical of blogs. By 2004, I was being paid by a Media News Group paper to blog full time. In 2006, I attended a top flight journalism school where professors forced students to blog, new media guru Jay Rosen constantly harped on the need for newspapers to innovate, and almost none of my peers, all people who sought journalism degrees, had any objection to blogging. (Emphasis added.)

Let that be a lesson to you young people: Whatever else you do, avoid journalism school. Unless you plan to be a first-round pro football draft pick like Joe Namath[2], or a future president of the United States, like Sarah Palin[3].

It would be impossible to compile a list of famous journalists who never attended journalism school, because it’s pretty much all of them. If you want to be a journalist, the first thing to do is get a job at a newspaper — sweeping the floor or driving a delivery route, if that’s all they’ve got — and go from there. My first newspaper job, I got paid $4.50 an hour and, yes, my duties included driving the delivery truck on Wednesdays.

As to blogging, why in God’s green earth would a blogger pay money to go to journalism school? Just open up a Blogspot account and get cracking. It ain’t rocket science. Hell’s bells, even lawyers can do it.

(H/T: Instapundit[4].)

(Cross-posted at The Other McCain[5].)

  1. now I see: http://culture11.com/blogs/theconfabulum/2009/01/04/havent-they-heard-we-won-the-war/
  2. Joe Namath: http://books.google.com/books?id=YNosf2VbwVsC&pg=PA133&lpg=PA133&dq=journalism+major+namath&source=web&ots=_BI3nbCcLl&sig=wfoD1ui6YZ7x3rysVwBPMktUpjU&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result
  3. Sarah Palin: http://independentsunbound.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-journalism-major.html
  4. Instapundit: http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/65280/
  5. The Other McCain: http://rsmccain.blogspot.com/

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