On The Menu: Radio Vet Dean Olsher Hopes For A Renaissance In Journalism


Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed radio veteran Dean Olsher, who is promoting his book on crossword puzzles, “From Square One.”

Olsher, who is also a journalism professor at NYU, spoke about the future of journalism as he sees it. “There are many things that I’m not going to mourn, and it’s fine that anyone can have a radio show today,” he said. “With my student, they’ve signed up for a master’s degree in journalism from NYU and they’re paying big money hoping for a traditional job, and those don’t exist any more…The jobs that are going away now are not going to come back. It’s a total paradigm shift.”

“I’m sort of a medieval monk and I’m keeping ancient wisdom alive, having to do with professionalism and ethics in journalism,” Olsher went on. “And I’m passing them along to this new generation and I’m hoping that they can bring about a renaissance somewhere down the line and they can figure out some way to pay for work as professional journalists.”

The most important tool his students need to have in order to work in the field now: skepticism. “It has nothing to do with the technology,” Olsher said.

Also discussed: MSNBC.com’s acquisition of hyperlocal Web site EveryBlock.com, Martha Stewart and Olsher’s study of crossword puzzles and the people who are addicted to them.

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