It’s pretty incredible that a career change of this nature can happen apparently seamlessly. Zeleny reportedly told TV Newser that the decision to transition to The Times was easy, since he “hasn’t worked for a newspaper for quite awhile.”
The New York Times is undoubtedly a news organization to be respected and revered, but if they can’t catch a break in this climate - who can?
The biggest jaw-dropper? The fact that Zeleny can pull of a career change like this - from one of the most famous print publications on the planet to one of the largest news stations - seamlessly. In fact, he considers it to be a breeze.
This news is only further proof that the media industry is converging. What originally appeared to be three separate tracks (print, broadcast and online journalism), is now merging into one. The do-it-all journalist whose skill set includes adaptability and AP Style, on-air comfortability and web design, Final Cut Pro and multiple social media accounts, with traditional traits like news judgment and the ability to work on deadline.
So if this is the new normal in the journalism world, how does the current system educate the journalists of the next generation? When a program offers its students the option between three tracks, are they really dooming them to fail in today’s climate?
If I want to be the best, and the best can do it all, then where do I go to learn it all?
Today, it seems like your best bet is to teach yourself and hope you come out alright.