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Lillian Carter, Harper Lee and sports journalism

In journalism on April 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I’ve been reading Dave Kindred again, and that means I’ve been thinking again (sorry).

This week, Kindred is talking about the explosion – that’s right, explosion – of opportunities for young journalists. College journalism programs have never been better and there are colonies of talented young students looking for work as journalists. I know. Flies in the face of everything you’ve heard about the industry.

Kindred notes that, when he (and I) were 21, the choices for someone wishing to be a sports reporter were largely limited to newspapers and magazines. Today, those graduating college might find sportswriting jobs by working for newspapers, magazines and online platforms like Yahoo, and even performing multi-media magic for the teams themselves. There is no end to the possibilities.

Kindred says that his friends in the sports world and academia agree that learning to tell stories is more important than learning to use the gadgets of the 21st century. That means today’s journalism students must develop a thirst for the story. Here’s Kindred…

Lillian Carter, the mother of President Jimmy Carter, was nearly 90 years old when she said she would give $10,000 ‘if I could read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ for the first time.’ Meaning she’d read it a hundred times, each time thrilling but never the same as the first time. And that’s another good reason for a guy to be 21 again. To be in a sports journalism class and, for the first time, read Dan Jenkins.

Clay

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