Today on the Menu: Diary of a J-School Student (Hunter Walker)

By Matt Van Hoven 

Hunter Walker is a journalist with a penchant for publication jumping &#151 he’s freelanced for the likes of three Mediabistro offerings (WebNewser, FishbowlNY and The PressList), Gawker Media, AOL Digital City Guide and GridSkipper. Earlier this summer he began a year-long graduate Journalism program at Columbia University, which touts a new media program among its various traditional j-offerings. Walker’s been writing about his experience.

We asked him what Columbia thinks about his inside-insights, to which he replied students are being made aware of his coverage lest they find themselves named on one of New York’s more well-known blogs. Announcements have been made! We also asked him why he went back to school when the “new media” stuff is still being ironed out in the field: Walker admits that though he’s worked at many publications, none offered him full time work.

If you’re disinterested in the merits of a journalism student’s misadventures, consider this: as advertising integration proliferates we can expect fewer and fewer journalists will take the time to dedicate themselves to graduate level study. Extrapolate, so I don’t have to.

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