A young reporter realizes that ‘most popular journalism is bad’ and decides to quit

“This is a post about my decision to stop trying to be a journalist. I’ve figured it out. For the past 6 years I’ve been a writer trapped in journalist’s body” — Marina Shifrin

University of Missouri School of Journalism grad Marina Shifrin quit her Next Media Animation job in a dance video that’s gone viral. She writes on her blog: “I spent hours in the office perfecting my headlines, my voice overs, my stories. But as the workload increased, I found I could no longer keep up. I tried. I came in earlier, I stayed later, I worked on weekends. Scared I wasn’t pulling my weight, I went to my boss and told him how I felt. ‘Make deadlines, not art,’ was his response.”

* Mizzou grad quits her job in a blaze of glory (kansascity.com)
* Journalism is Dead (To Me) (marinashifrin.wordpress.com)
* Read her tweets about the video and reactions to it (@marinavstweets)

From Missouri School of Journalism:
* Two j-students create a “100 Ages” multimedia exhibit (missouri.edu)