The author has spent the last few years watching friends and former colleagues end up as collateral damage in the newspaper industry's overall failure to find a viable business model in the shrinking ink-on-dead-tree media sector. Meanwhile, several of these folks have gotten in touch with her, asking for advice about library schools and opportunities in the information profession. Becoming an information professional is a good fit for journalists. There are some obvious commonalities: information finding/organization/use/transmittal, source evaluation, a strong public service component, a need to scan/read prodigiously to stay current, familiarity with technology and the ability to learn new technologies, and mediocre pay scales. But you have to know yourself. You don't have to become an expert in every new thing that comes down the pike.
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