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"I define journalistic objectivity as a genuine effort to be an honest broker when it comes to news."
— Alex S. Jones
Losing the News

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Mission...

Media professionals haven't changed, but the world in which we work most definitely has. It's not about reinventing ourselves, but rather repackaging skills to remain competitive -- a reality thepresscorner.com is leveraging to provide media professionals with a portal to showcase their talents and skill sets for print and online projects.

 

To participate in this alliance, please e-mail cgore1@att.net. Thank you.

 

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Behind the Scenes

It's not about me; it's about the journey of journalism.

The industry's old-timers were right about the smell of ink: it gets in your blood and stays there. I first heard that saying during a third-grade tour of the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, PA. A simple question by an editor set my life in motion. "What did you like the most about the newspaper?"

Before anyone else could answer, I yelled out the "the smell of the pressroom." With that, he patted my head and said I was destined for the business. He's since died, much like the smell of the ink as our industry continues its transition from printing presses to cyber presses.

It took a Pennsylvania history class in ninth grade to point me in the direction of reporting when I, the only one in my class, sided with the British instead of the Colonialists for the editorial writing assignment. Next stop was a two-year high school journalism program followed by a full-tuition scholarship from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association to attend Point Park College, now Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

I've been more fortunate than many reporters and editors, working only for daily newspapers and transitioning to daily Internet news after I moved to Texas. But, this is about the journey, not me.

Like typesetters and linotypes, the smell of ink has faded from the pressroom. Newspapers and magazines are confronting their greatest challenge in centuries to survive – all too many aren't making it.

Meanwhile, professionals at all levels have been forced to become entrepreneurs to protect their livelihoods and stay as true as possible to journalism. Web training is mandatory, just like mastering proofreading symbols in the past.

It's important to note that we aren't reinventing ourselves. We'll always be editors, reporters, writers and advertising sales executives – and there will always be a need for our skills. As publications shut down or scale back due to shrinking revenue streams, many of us have been forced to repackage ourselves. That's the genesis of thepresscorner.com, a free portal for media professionals looking to establish or continue a Web presence so they can remain competitive in the marketplace as their careers transition.

We are not competing with each other; we are standing together, as evidenced by a Web site design focused on professionals and their talents instead of the latest widgets. This Web site is my way of giving back to my profession and honoring mentors in high school and college who nurtured the ink in my blood with their love of journalism, myriad talents and impregnable ethics to form the cornerstone of a rewarding career.... Connie Gore