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This blog is created by students of Whitworth University visiting New York City and Washington, D.C., for a class on Media Impact in the Contemporary U.S.


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Media Impact 2013: Washington DC

Take a look at our travels in Washington DC and reflect back on experiences we had. Watch in 720p HD for best quality.

We hope this video can show the impact the organizations had on us, and also be a reference for future trip students to preview and learn about the trip.

Thanks for your all your work in helping us make this video by allowing us to interview you. I had a great time on this trip and am glad you could all be a part of the experience and this video. Enjoy!

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Media Impact 2013: New York

Hope you guys enjoy our video of New York. We’ve spent way too many hours creating this thing, but we hope it’ll help you remember all that we did and the impact the trip had on us. We also hope it’ll give some insight for future trip-goers.

Thanks everyone for helping us make this.

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Babies R Me? No. Journalism is me.

The crocodile existed back when the dinosaurs did, but eventually learned to adapt and become much smaller than it had been at one point. The crocodiles stepped aside to let the mammals take over, who were growing larger in size. This was part of the analogy associate director Mark Jurkowitz gave us at the Pew Research Center, where the crocodile stands for print journalism and the mammal stands for the digital age.

This was probably the most interesting thing I have learned this entire time because I had never thought about it that way. The crocodile still exists, but it’s not nearly as prominent as it once was. The mammals took over and became dominant. Print journalism still exists, but it probably won’t be as dominant as it once was because digital journalism will take over.

Prior to this trip (and any Whitworth class, really), I was dead set on being a traditional newspaper journalist. I had always wanted to be in the hustle-and-bustle of the newsroom, taking a million photos a day to meet deadline, and seeing tangible evidence that I had been published.

I’ve been holding on to the idea that I would work in print journalism for so long (and denying its decline), that I haven’t looked at this shift practically, and I don’t think other people have, either.

One day while I was at Babies R Us, one of my coworkers asked me what I was studying in college. When I said journalism, I knew I was setting myself up for a semi-embarrassing moment, because she began to lecture me on how journalism is dead and that I would never get a job. She said things like “all of the newspapers are now nonexistent” and that my choice to enter journalism “wasn’t practical.” I just nodded in agreement because I didn’t really know how to defend my decision to go into journalism — it is true, newspapers haven’t really been at the peak of their performance lately.

What I didn’t realize, though, is that journalism isn’t dead. Thanks to Jurkowitz, I realize that it’s just a shift, and nobody really knows where it’s going.

Becoming a journalism major wasn’t really the most comforting thing — my parents are afraid I won’t get a job, people harass me for the media that are out of control, and my coworkers at Babies R Us think I’m going to work there forever.

But I’m going to be OK. We’re all going to be OK. We just have to go with the flow, realizing the changes that are happening around us, and that we have to respond to those changes in order to make it. Even though print journalism won’t be as big as it was, we still have the digital age in our favor.

We are able to be published anytime we want because of the Internet. We are able to write whatever we want with the infinite amount of space on the web. We are able to make a name for ourselves prior to having a job (sort of).

So, the three greatest lessons that I’ve learned about journalism and journalists?

We have to be adaptable. We have to love what we do. We have to trust that this industry will make it.

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Profession passion: Photojournalism

Man. It’s hard to believe that in a little over 24 hours ago, I was in New York, exploring Times Square, Little Italy, art museums, etc. Awesome.

Now I’m sitting here in the D.C. hostel being forced to watch football with Andrew while I write my blog post. Torture.

At least I know I can easily reflect on my time in New York without any distractions.

So, here it goes.

New York. Not going to lie, I hated that city at first. I hated how fast-paced it was, how everyone seemingly had an attitude, how it was so dang big. It grew on me, and I probably owe that to the media outlets we visited.

Going to all of these places just affirmed for me the common belief that you should do what you love and the rest will follow. The media outlets we visited had people who loved their jobs and who had been in the business for a long time. It was reassuring to actually be interested in learning about these places because I know that I’m at least in the right profession.

Just like Andrew’s blog post, one of the greatest things I learned was passion. You have to have passion. The passion that makes you get up in the morning and love going to work. The passion to do a job for many years without getting sick of it. The passion to inspire others with your own passion.

I’ve had a few problems in figuring out my passion, but one thing seems to continuously stay on my radar.


I’ve had a love-hate relationship with photography. I’ve been taking photos for as long as I can remember, but I’ve always been afraid to fully commit myself to it.

I don’t like having my photos judged by other people. I don’t like having the expectation that you can never take a bad photo. I don’t like how everyone else is a photographer. I don’t like how it’s an almost-impossible business to get into. I don’t like how expensive the dang equipment is.

But, I do love it. I really do. I love the adrenaline rush I get when I take a cool photo. I love having the ability to capture a moment in life that you can never get back. I love being able to have an impact on people with a simple photograph. I love being able to tell stories visually. I love being able to capture a person’s personality or the intensity of a situation with the single click of a shutter.

Unfortunately, I have learned that there isn’t really an industry for just photojournalists.

The only place we visited that offered the job that I would want was the Associated Press. It seemed to be the only place that actually hired photographers to strictly do photography. Looks like my options are slim.

Even though there isn’t a market for photojournalism, and basically everyone is a photographer now, doesn’t mean that I can’t do it. As long as I have the passion and drive for it, I will be perfectly fine.

So, with that huge introduction, I created a slideshow of some of the photos I took while in New York. I didn’t want to lug a giant camera on this trip, so I brought my itty-bitty Canon PowerShot. These photos aren’t the best, but here are some of my favorites I’ve taken so far.

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Welcome to the Media Impact in the U.S. blog

This blog is maintained by students who will visit with and interview media leaders in New York and Washington, D.C., in January of each odd-numbered year. The first was a 2009 blog using another platform.

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