By Steve Outing
So I’m looking for a summer intern for my new company. I’ve sent announcements to the journalism programs at a couple of the major universities near me, the University of Colorado here in Boulder, and Colorado State University. A handful of resumes have come in, but I’m underwhelmed.
This is an intern position, so I’m not expecting lots of experience or killer skills. What I’m hoping to find is a student who is passionate about new media; who understands what I mean when I say that my company embodies the spirit of “citizen media”; who knows what blogging and podcasting are about; who gets why YouTube.com is exciting; who recognizes where the media world is heading and doesn’t aspire to a traditional TV or newspaper job after graduation.
Most of the resumes that have landed in my inbox don’t demonstrate any or much of that. I’m shocked. It makes me wonder if those journalism programs aren’t adequately preparing their students for the media of tomorrow.
Maybe the intern position looks too boring? I doubt it. Our business model touches on most of the cutting-edge developments in media. We deal with fun content (adventure sports).
Are most of today’s students stuck in media’s past? Where are the students looking for a fun part-time job in Boulder, Colorado, for the summer who fit my description above?