Living vicariously through former students
Posted by James McPherson on May 12, 2008
One of the highlights of this job, as probably any professor will attest, is hearing from former students who are doing interesting and useful things. That happened this morning when Jessica Davis–who just last semester was an editor for the student newspaper here–e-mailed from Asia to say that she had sold three photos she took in Myanmar to the Associated Press. One can be seen today on the CBS Web site. Jessica is now headed for the part of China that just suffered the earthquake, and has been blogging about her adventures.
Both though Chris has already become an award-winning mainstream journalist, both former students’ activities serve as reminders that technology has helped make up for much of what the mainstream media have largely given up on. While blog reports may obviously be more biased and provide less context than news reports from a major news operation, we all ought to be supplementing our knowledge through a variety of means. And sometimes bloggers get to places–including Myanmar–that recognized mainstream journalists have trouble covering because of local officials’ mistrust of the United States.