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NPR Announces Cuts: New Depth to Journalism’s Woes

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NPR headquarters in DC/Flickr Creative Commons/By NCinDC )

This is really sad news, because NPR’s non-profit, listener-supported model has been seen as one of the few bright, viable models left in journalism. Some 64 people will lose their jobs and 21 open positions won’t be filled. They’re cutting shows Day to Day  and News and Notes, NPR’s one African-American focused show, led by Baltimore native Farai Chideya.

How will this affect the expensive multi-media training NPR was planning to give all it’s journalists?

It’s been a bad week for journalism. But the news about Tribune’s bankruptcy (my former employer) was far less surprising than NPR’s woes.

Will the 12.5 percent of the nation unemployed and under-employed only continue to rise?

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December 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm

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Chambers Lawn at Davidson College.

Chambers Lawn at Davidson College.

Spent the evening reminiscing about the good ole days at Davidson College and why I went to journalism school. We have our first house guest here (the spare bedroom is finally getting some use). Minneapolis native Laura Puckett, who graduated Davidson two years after me, is crashing here for the night en route to Eugene to check out the English and journalism grad schools at the University of Oregon. She came seeking advice on this peculiar way of making one’s way in the world as a writer.

Would I do j-school again if I had to do it over? Or should I have gone for a PhD. (but no, I lack the necessary singularity of mind)? Now I wish I’d studied radio at Columbia. Landing an NPR job now seems like a pipe dream. But NPR’s commitment to multi-media innovation and the listen-supported model seems the most sustainable to me.

Davidson should start an alumni network of journalists and non-fiction writers. Our path is the synthesis of a liberal arts education. We write to make connections among disparate fields and remain engaged as life-long learners. This path chose us. But will we prevail? 

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November 17, 2008 at 1:07 am

“Curiosity did not kill this cat”

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He was born in 1912, just like my beloved and dearly departed Poppy. They would have liked eachother. (AP Photo via NPR

Just heard on NPR that celebrated populist oral historian and radio personality Studs Terkel died today. “Curiosity did not kill this cat,” is what he said he’d like his epitaph to read. I might have to steal that!

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October 31, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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