This week’s trip to the University of South Carolina, where I’m working with journalism and mass communications students as a Hearst Visiting Professional, ended on Friday. It’s just my second formal teaching experience, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing lessons learned during my three-plus decades in the world of media.
It goes without saying that today’s college students — all of whom are digital natives — have far more tools at their disposal than I did starting out in the mid 1980s. The media/communications landscape has grown more diverse, if not fragmented, by the sheer demand for information that consumers believe should be at their fingertips instantly. And these students are getting the training necessary to handle this challenge.
I hope I’ve contributed to their learning in some small way while helpingthem think of different approaches to storytelling.