I couldn’t resist a “300” knockoff headline for this post. Since it is my 300th post. This blog started on April 14, 2007 and in only 15 1/2 months, I already have 300 posts and just shy of 25,000 hits. Wow! That is a lot more than I imagined I would have by now. But of course journalism is very interesting right now too! Both in good ways (technology, tools, talent) and in bad ways (ad revenue, layoffs, talent drain). It really is the best of times and the worst of times.
Today I spent my morning up at school helping the Robotics Team, Team Kaos 1429, get ready for their big kickoff. This year, the robotics kids want to have a “media team” to do their web site, multimedia and print media – plus PR for the team too. So, since the two main sponsors are engineers and don’t know much about the media – guess who was asked to help? I don’t mind, because they are good kids, with a great program. We need more programs like it at our school. And most of the kids on the media team are kids who have taken my classes already!
They needed a video and still camera to start getting pictures/video and so we went to my classroom – guess what? No charged batteries. Also the A/C hookups were in every sort of bad shape. So I grabbed some wire cutters, zip ties and power strips. The camera power situation is now much neater and safer.
And another quote from “300” that seems appropriate for the state of journalism today. “Freedom isn’t free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs,” Queen Gorgo said.
We must remember that freedom of speech, press and expression are not free. We must defend the rights of everyone to express their opinions in the marketplace of ideas. We owe that to all those who have spilled blood defending that cause, to ourselves and to the future of the experiment in self government called America.
I look forward to writing the next 300 posts – and hopefully a lot more.