Schuneman Symposium 2015

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  1. This year, I was fortunate enough to be a speaker at the Schuneman Symposium. The theme this year was for entreprenurial journalists to talk about their different paths and start ups. The line up was pretty awesome.
  2. Day two was here, and I kicked things off. All the speakers from the day before were so amazing, so I was particularly determined to try to say something useful and new.
  3. It was pretty easy to get pumped.
  4. I was pretty nervous, actually. I never like public speaking, but I always jump at the opportunity to talk to students. The title of my talk was ridiculously long. "How a journalist ended up as a product manager or How I survived when everyone said journalism was dying."
  5. I wanted to convey why the print-to-digital transition was so difficult.
  6. You have to understand: Journalists didn't have to think about the medium, or the distribution, or how to get reach before. It used to be someone else's problem. Your information came from physically printed sources. The internet was the new printing press. Journalists were more enabled and more disrupted than ever.
  7. This quote from David Carr illustrates this well.
  8. On the golden age of journalism "We are entering a golden age of journalism. I do think there has been horrible frictional costs, but I think when we look back at what has happened, I look at my backpack that is sitting here, and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30 to 40 years ago. It's connected to the cloud, I can make digital recordings of everything that I do, I can check in real time if someone is telling me the truth, I have a still camera that takes video that I can upload quickly and seamlessly. "I think that the ability to sit at your desk and check everything against history and narrative, it's part of how newspapers ended up becoming ... daily magazines. All the analytics are baked in because the reporters are able to check stuff as they go. ... Now the business model has not kept up with that.
  9. We talked a little bit about my career path, mostly about why I wanted to be a journalist but never wanted to go into print journalism.
  10. I also talked about my time at washingtonpost.com and Newzwag, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of Agence France-Presse. My biggest takeaway was that I needed to learn to better communicate and work with the development team and the journalists we had on staff. That's why I went back to school.
  11. When I went back to school, the most important thing we learned was this:
  12. One thing I wanted to address was whether all journalists need to learn to code.
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