Apparently we’re out of touch here. Jina Moore writes:

I gave a talk yesterday in the stellar Rosemary Armao’s upper-class undergraduate journalism class at SUNY-Albany. As an aside, Rosemary Armao is a woman of steel organs of your favorite type — an investigative journalist who works tirelessly in the Balkans (one of those many pesky world regions where knowledge is often more fear than power), she also invited Jayson Blair to her journalism class to explain to her students what in the news business or newsroom structure made it possible to lie like he did. What a move!

Anyway, Rosemary’s 30-ish students are all around 20. I polled them. None of them reads blogs. None of them uses Twitter. A few actually read the newspaper (cheer for the underdog!), but few of them really seek out news. Those who do look at it on their phones.

This reminded me of my visit to St. Mary’s, a private high school in Portland, Ore. I didn’t poll the students there — my mission was slightly different — but I did happen to find out that not one of them uses Twitter. “Ms. Pierce,” one student explained to my friend who had invited me, “Twitter is for old people.”

Politicoholic is a bit concerned about the lack of digital immersion, but says all hope is not lost.

I can’t really rail on college journalists: this past Monday Huffington Post launched its college section and they have a really fine collection of college student bloggers writing for the site and sharing their insights on the college experience today. There is some great content to be found on HuffPost College from some great student writers who really get the importance of digital journalism. So you know those students are out there, but I feel like they’re few and far between.

The future of journalism is all about digital media, yet many student journalists are still, for the most part, not absorbing themselves in the online tools that are quickly taking over their industry. Print is dead (hello!) so I hope that the future journalists of America start using digital tools for information, reading, and research; digital media holds so much value for the future of journalism, but only if the college students of today figure out how to use it. If they have to be educated on it, so be it: maybe what college journalists need is mandatory classes on digital media instead of so many classes on print journalism.

I’m in my early to mid 20s and I read blogs, but I may be an exception. Are you a young person? What are you doing here? Where do you get your information?

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