Occasionally, amid the cacophony of knowing opinion about The Next Big Thing that one reads on the Internet, one comes across something like this.
Congrats to Matt MacVey. He has just finished a Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism fellowship and is completing his master’s in journalism at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Despite all that book learnin’ he clearly has a deep understanding of the challenges facing small newsrooms like ours. It’s kind of amazing, actually.
And some days that would be enough. It would be enough to know that young, talented, smart people are still interested in journalism and that they know what we go through out here in the real world. Yet, MacVey has gone farther. Read for yourself. He’s proposed solutions like a series of tutorials to teach us how to actually use an ever-changing list of content management systems, social media platforms and data tools that we know we should be using.
MacVey puts his finger on an important problem that many of us – including the writer of these words – will cop to after a beer or two. We know we need to leap from the comfortable lily pad we have built of inverted pyramids and process stories and onto something that looks a bit less sturdy. We know, but we hesitate. We hesitate even though we know this is no time to hesitate.
I look forward to seeing where MacVey goes next with his research and keen talents of observation. May he remain on our side.