Mark Glaser, the force behind PBS' MediaShift, delivered a strong speech last week to Arkansas State University on the changing nature of journalism. He posted much of his lecture yesterday and it's instructive reading.
I don't think Glaser makes any new points --- in fact he could have delivered this speech a year or two ago --- but he provides a good summary of the basics in this day of changing journalism.
Among them (with my asides): The audience knows more than the journalist (we find that out every day, it seems), people are in control of their media (much to our dismay at times), anyone can be a creator (usually with good effect), traditional media must evolve or die (yes, yes, we know), the story will get out despite censorship (thankfully true to date), amateurs and professionals should work together (we have to get past some emotional issues first), journalists need to be multiplatform (agreed), and this is a good time (indeed) to be in the craft. His message to graduates is one I share with students when I teach: learn your Web 2.0 and be ready to freelance. The one thing I'd add: In all of the excitement about new techniques, remember the importance of the old technique called writing. Without that, all the tech in the world will not help.