Posted on | January 7, 2010 | 5 Comments
Welcome to Displaced Journalists.
Displaced Journalists is intended to be a community – our community – where we find common ground, where we can begin to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get on with our lives and livelihoods.
I hope our site will be a place where we can build on our tech skills so we can get back in the game or completely reinvent ourselves, hatch new ideas and strategies, and explore whole new fields of study. We can do it. We still have the brains and the talent that took us so far in our careers.
This will be a forum in which we can learn from defeat and share in our victories. On our Facebook Page, we have plenty of non-journalists and employed journalists. They are with us because they care about the state of journalism in our society and what we stand to lose as newspapers cut staff or close doors and online journalism takes off into uncharted territory. It’s extremely generous of them to join the community. I think they have a great deal to contribute and I hope they will join in our discourse.
In time, we will be proactive in identifying employers who might not realize that we are the people they seek to hire. Seasoned journalists have a unique skill set: We have a strong work ethic; we can become instant experts on almost any topic; we cherish perfection; we are curious about everything; we honor deadlines with ease; we love to interact with people, and we never, never, never give up.
Remember: We know the difference between their, there and they’re. Lots of writers these days don’t. We come from newsrooms that gave us the mandate and the confidence to interview anybody, anywhere, anytime. We can call government officials and Supreme Court justices at any hour and expect them to pick up. We know how to get inside people’s heads, to ask the tough questions and to write about complex matters clearly and concisely. We understand community. And, yes, we do understand the nature of the Internet.
Our skills are still relevant. It’s just the infrastructure that has changed. We can and will find new ways to exercise our talent. Once again we will feel valued and appreciated, and we’ll earn a living in the process. And we’ll do it together, primarily here, but also in the communities we’ve already created on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.