Steve Buttry is 57, and “I learned journalism in the old school, same as you,” he tells fellow “old-timers.”
I am steeped in the same values of accuracy, fairness, dogged reporting and good writing that you cherish. But I’m having as much fun as I’ve ever had in more than 40 years in journalism, I have as high regard for my colleagues’ work as ever and I’m as optimistic as I’ve ever been about the future of journalism and the news business.
If you would like work to be fun again, if you’d like to be optimistic again (or, if you never were, to finally be optimistic), I’m writing to tell you about the fun and optimism that I find in journalism.
Buttry addresses some possible reasons for why curmudgeons resist change — “You don’t like Twitter (or some other digital task)”; “too old”; and five others — in this very good essay. Your thoughts on it? (Scroll way down to read the comments.)