A map, Post-its and more than 20 journalists in a room … it seems that is all it takes to have a good laugh on a Sunday night!
And I have a feeling more laughs are to be had as the SPJ Reporter Institute at Poynter this week continues. I and other video/broadcast journalists from around the country are coming together for a week of training, discussion and networking, all surrounded by our love and passion for journalism.
I am looking forward to being here for many reasons: advice, new tricks of the trade, ethical debates, friendship, and of course a place to vent about the hardships young journalists sometimes face in newsrooms across the country.
While I don’t need to tell you this, news is changing, and as members of Generation J we have an opportunity to shape and mold the future of journalism in a way many other journalists will never have. We can lead the way in ethical reporting online; we can lead the way in accurate use of social media in the news; we can make a promise to cover the stories that matter!
I always get excited about an opportunity to learn new things; but, when the possibility of learning is combined with working with fellow journalists, there is a certain sense of hope, excitement and determination I feel.
I am excited to learn from others who have a strong passion for media in all of its current forms and I encourage you to join us in the conversation.
We have created a Twitter hashtag and will be uploading videos on the Generation J YouTube page as well. On Twitter just search #SPJRI to join in on the conversation, ask questions or just to see what all the fuss is about! We’re here until Wednesday, June 16.
Lynn Walsh ( Twitter: @lwalsh) is an investigative video journalist for Texas Watchdog, a non-profit online journalism organization in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism who has experience in television, online and print journalism. Lynn began her career as a reporter for The Government Channel in Athens, Ohio, were she covered city and county issues for the citizens and students living in Athens County. Lynn also served thepalestra.net as a general assignment reporter focusing on anything from sporting events to the 2008 general election.