Michael Koretzky's 2nd Annual Short-And-Sweet Media Job Fair went off swimmingly at the Jazziz bistro in the Seminole Hard Rock plaza Saturday. Personal highlight was knocking down screwdrivers while alternatively listening to the photographic exploits of freelancer Ralph Notaro (who purports to have shot the last known pics of Anna Nicole Smith at the Hard Rock and looks to be sitting on a pile of gold) and the endlessly fascinating Hollywood tales of former child actress Lisa Lucas, now a student journo at FAU.
Also became acquainted with Palm Beach Post online editorial editorial director Jon Glass. During a panel discussion, Glass told the students they need to
embrace the Internet rather than eschew it, to basically explore and learn the form. I couldn't have agreed more. Any kid who is mourning the impending demise of traditional newsapapers has got to be either thick-headed or crazy. The possibilities are endless on the Web, where the playing field is more level and where you can go nose to nose with newspapers worth hundreds of millions of dollars with a fraction of the money it used to take in the old print form. We're in for an exciting and turbulent era, where great journalism will be done in surprising places and vast fortunes will be won and lost. What the hell else could a youngster coming into the business wish for?
The revolution is in the early stages though and there aren't a lot of great opportunities waiting for college graduates yet on the Internet. People are going to have make their own opportunities in that regard. The truth is that the stodgy (yet grasping and awkward) dailies are still the ones that have all the money that most young reporters need to make a living. As I told one promising prospect at the fair, try to get some training at dailies if you must, then use all that you learn to destroy them. (Hey, it works for me).
Congrats to Koretzky and Six Degrees managing editor (and New Times alum) Jake Smith for putting on a good show. There's no reason that the event, sponsored by Six Degrees Magazine, South Florida Media Jobs, and SPJ, won't only get better next year.