Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wilkes student wins prestigious j-scholarship

Carlton Holmes, a junior at Wilkes from Newark, N.J., is a winner of the NCAA Freedom Forum Sports Journalism Scholarship. Holmes has worked at WBRE and is sports editor of the student newspaper. Kudos.

19 comments:

Eponymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck to Carlton and all those who wish to imbue this profession, and I sometimes use the term loosely, with a fresh sense of purpose and ideals.

Anonymous said...

Run for you life, kid! If you've got what it takes, take it elsewhere. Do NOT get into journalism, it'll break your heart. Just read the posts here and think of all these bitter bastards as possible colleagues.

Anonymous said...

amen 3:31 PM

Anonymous said...

Kid, getting into journalism is the worst mistake you could ever make. Take it from someone who had a great passion for the business and saw that passion flicker out almost overnight. There are many many other jobs just as rewarding that you can pursue that will harness your skills just as much. And I'm not speaking just of P.R./marketing jobs either. Lots of professions from government to banking are open to people with high verbal skills, and they pay much better and offer way better benefits than journalism. Yes, journalism allows you to pursue your passion, but think of it this way: went you're 45, and the Social Security picture is looking even bleaker than now, and you have several kids ready to enter college and no nest egg to speak of whatsoever, was pursuing your passion worth it? .Maybe you've even won a few Keystones, have a couple plaques on the wall. Was it still worth it to end up with a near zero retirement, save for your crappy 401k, which you weren't even able to match because your paycheck barely afforded you enough money for a weekly diet of prison food and the latest Blu-ray release? Was it worth it? Was your craft a worthwhile endeavor? Ask yourself. Ask yourself.
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Anonymous said...

I do wonder why anybody would get into this business now. What were considered the highest levels when I started are now being lampooned -- accurately -- on HBO, and a generation of bozos is now calling the shots.

Son of Stacy said...

Sounds like a bright kid. Get the hell out of NEPA before people start mistaking you for Al Roker.

Anonymous said...

4:48, I wish there was a time machine and I could go back to high school and that you were my guidance counselor. Truer words, believe me, truer words NEVER were spoken.

Anonymous said...

Carlton, do what you want to do. If all of these people are so miserable, it's because they choose to be. They can get out of the business any time. They choose to stay and complain. Good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Don't confuse "complain" with "regret".

Anonymous said...

Well said, 9:38PM. I was in the business--now I'm out. Ah, if I knew THEN what I know NOW...

This looks like a young man with options. He should weigh them carefully.

8:08PM, would you want your son or daughter in journalism today?

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't let my son or daughter go into journalism. Then again, I wouldn't let my son or daughter go to Wilkes College.

Anonymous said...

I went to Wilkes (it's now a university asshole) and am doing mquite well in journalism. I work at a paper where revenue is increasing and so is the staff. The problem is big paper companies don't get it. Never did, never will. Work for a small time company and you'll do well.

Anonymous said...

It's disappointing to read all of these disillusioned cynics encouraging this obviously bright, talented young man to run for the hills. There are ethical, smart, thorough journalists out there who uphold the ideals upon which American journalism was founded. Those who see this as a field that can no longer contribute to public advancement clearly should not continue to do it. But without smart, ethical folks who dedicate themselves to providing the public with the right ammunition to make decisions, we are sunk. Carlton, take on this field and show these idiots.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it can be all rainbows and lollipops...if you'll just believe Carlton.

The ethical, smart, thorough journalists don't work for anyone because for the most part there is no one ethical, smart, or thorough at the management level in ANY business in America today. It's all just "cover your ass" and "get away with as much as possible" and "for every dollar you don't spend from your budget you'll get that much more in bonus."

Ethical, smart, and thorough is for authors. Even then, good luck selling the manuscript. I'm not saying you can't make a living at it but you can be realistic or you can tilt at windmills.

Anonymous said...

9:52, spot on, and well said. This thread is not the bitter ramblings of jaded reporters. It's simply people cautioning a bright, intelligent young man from making the mistake we all did. It's warning this kid not to believe the magic-dust envisioning of this business that his college profs and advisers conjured and tried to pass off on him.

Anonymous said...

I have never been more disappointed in my life. You people are not journalists. You have all become waste in a field that would be better off without you.

Anonymous said...

5:24PM
The only "big paper company" worth working for around here is Dunder-Miflin. I'm not sure they hire Wilkes grads, though. I mean, after all, they went to Wilkes!

Anonymous said...

"I have never been more disappointed in my life."
3:14 AM, February 23, 2008


Learn to live with it. I'm a journalist, and God knows I've learned to live with my disappointments.

Anonymous said...

You have all become waste in a field that would be better off without you. 3:14 AM, February 23, 2008,

Would that I could. How many, if obligation and responsibility were not a consideration, would bail out in a second?

My hand is up! That's one...