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‘Tis A Sad Year

As of March 4th, here are the figures for confirmed attendees for the 2009 Columbia Journalism School Career Expo on March 28th.

Magazines: 11
Newspapers: 5
Wire Services: 6
Alternative Weeklies: 1
Online Media: 10
Television: 15
Radio: 2

Those numbers are useless without comparison. See below for the same list for 2008 and come shed some sympathy.

Magazines: 34
Newspapers: 21
Wire Services: 5
Alternative Weeklies: 3
Online Media: 13
Television: 32
Radio: 6

Look at the colors and they tell the whole story — red means a decline, green means up. For reasons that are obviously more complicated than the economic crisis, there will one more wire service coming to the this year’s expo compared to last year. Every other area of journalism is seeing cuts as high as 50%. You’re right, there are still three weeks before the actual event, but I wouldn’t be crossing my fingers at these numbers increasing significantly.

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Brave New Page

Plastic Logic reader, out in early 2010

Plastic Logic reader, out in early 2010

I don’t like to predict the future much (because I’m a short-sighted realist), but you’re looking at an exciting new prospect for publishing. The Plastic Logic Reader, slated for release in early 2010, is less than 7mm thick, letter-sized, and can read newspapers, books, magazines and the common computer formats such as Word, Excel, and PDFs.

That’s not all. It boasts a new durable plastic screen that resembles pulp, is touch-sensitive, and can connect wireless-ly to cellular and internet networks. How do I know so much? Because it’s one half of the bloody boxing ring in a fight with Amazon‘s Kindle, and is a topic I’m writing about in a feature article for a school magazine.

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Costs of the Art

Photography is keeping me involved in journalism school, and almost keeping me dissolved in the real world. Amidst all the researching, interviewing and writing I do for class assignments, photography is the one activity that I derive the most pleasure from. But it also sweeps the bank clean, because this tech-heavy venture cost as much to sustain a basic living expenses.

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Changing (New) Media Landscape

Slate.com - a leader in the new media landscape

Slate.com - a leader in the new media landscape

One of the great perks of being at Columbia’s J-school is the mouthwatering prospect of meeting the big guns in the industry. The school brings guest speakers over the two semesters to talk about many issues. Some are inevitable misses with half a lecture room barely filled, but there is the rare overwhelming success.

Tuesday was one of them, in the annual Changing Media Landscape discussion. The experience that rested on the panel of journalistic superstars was nothing short of encompassing and absolute. Sewell Chan, editor of the NY Times City Room blog; David Cohn, creator of Spot.us, Adriano Farano, editor of European multilingual website Cafebabel.com; Erica Smith, Twitter extraordinaire and creator of Paper Cuts blog; lastly the king of Slate.com, Jacob Weisberg.

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If You Want To Come To The J-School

Elevators in the J-school are slow and lumbering, but most times they’re still faster than climbing six floors by stairs. That’s where most of my classes are.

A few days ago, someone was already riding the elevator when I got in. She was on the phone, and I was genuinely surprised that there could possibly be any signal in that grungy-gray metal box. Well the ride went uninterrupted for two floors before this other person burst into tears with the unknown phantom on the line.

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Two Months Later

Alma Mater statue in front of the Low Library

Alma Mater statue in front of the Low Library

Celebrate with me: the blog has been given a fresh shot in the arm. After a two month hiatus — the longest break ever in its 3 year history — I am settled (marginally) at Columbia University, pursuing a one-year’s Master’s program in journalism. Some of you would remember the dilemma I had choosing between Northwestern and Columbia. Now there’s no turning back.

School’s been really busy, with some days I’m out for more than 12 hours, desperately trying to talk to people and finding stories for future use. To make things worse, light renovations messed up the area outside my dorm room when I moved in. But thankfully it’s just been cleared up. (I’ll try to get some photos up of my room soon!)

It’s hard to encapsulate my month in Singapore and the few weeks I’ve been here in New York City, ever since leaving my college days in Michigan behind. For a good while I considered stopping writing, but on occasion I’d get the urge to voice an opinion on an issue or event. That’s when I realized I missed having the online presence.

Give me some time to get my mental and literary bearings right, and in return I’ll try to put in decent and regular posts for all to read. Anyone, feel free to leave comments on the new layout or any interesting anecdotes of your life you’d like to share with everyone =)

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