Zombie Journalism was established in March 2009 for a variety of reasons, all of them boiling down to the fact that I want journalism to stick around for a long time.
I got into the field just in time to be told that journalism is dying and I’d have been better off just going to law school. I was informed that newspapers were too set in their ways to become vibrant sources for online news. Journalists I knew were trudging about their work the way they always had, assuming it was too late to change and the business was already dead – hence the name Zombie Journalism.
So I started this site to not only get my work out there for the inevitable series of job searches in my future, but also to spread the word that not all journalists are ready to call in dead. I fully believe “old media” can be saved in some form – but it’ll require a lot of systemic change for the organizations and the individuals involved.
As Hunter S. Thompson said, “For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.”
Today’s journalists aren’t all going to make it in this new world of media – but I, at least, am going to try my damndest to be among those that do. Who’s coming with me?