>What’s the point? Read On

>Papers continue to shut down, go online, consolidate, etc. Last week the Oregonian announced another big cutback and numerous papers are asking their employees to take unpaid leaves. So, you might be wondering what’s the point of trying to do anything for newspapers these days. Indeed Salon.com columnist Cary Tennis considered that very question in a great March 17 posting a friend told me about. A college journalism professor had asked him if there was any point in trying to teach students how to work for a dying industry. The essence of his answer is that no matter what format we use “journalists find things out and tell people about it.” Amen. But I don’t want to steal his words. Go to salon.com and read the rest. Tennis’ answer should offer you some courage and inspiration.

How are we doing on the submission challenge? If it weren’t for you reading this, I probably wouldn’t have submitted much this month. I can always think of a million other things to do, but looking at my records, I see that I have gotten something out every week of March. Whew. J.M. Cornwell is writing rings around the rest of us. Anybody else want to brag?

You are keeping track of what you send out, right? We’ll talk about that next time.

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