Felix Salmon‘s advice for young journalists has some merits and one overwhelming fault: It has given journalists a chance to talk about themselves, incessantly, for nearly a whole day. Ezra Klein replied with a more positive take on the field, and Mathew Ingram collected some tweets. Take some advice from an older journalist, though: You can always collect more tweets and look like you’ve been working. As long as you categorize those tweets:
SINCERE (PROBABLY) AND THUS EXCRUCIATING ADVICE
My advice to young journalists: Pay attention. Be curious. And when in doubt, just like, dance around. pic.twitter.com/xGUzZgfYxi
— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) February 9, 2015
Tweet to young journos: Dive into interesting topic others aren’t exploring in depth. Immerse yourself. Regale us when you come up for air.
— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) February 10, 2015
— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) February 10, 2015
My advice to young journalists: It’s really fun. You just get to write about stuff all day. Give it a whirl!
— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) February 9, 2015
#AdviceForYoungJournalists Don’t be a dick. Stay humble. Most importantly, ignore any advice from older journalists.
— Merlin Alderslade (@Merl_Hammer) February 10, 2015
DISCOURAGING ADVICE FROM A GUY WITH A COMPLETELY AWESOME JOB
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) February 10, 2015
ADVICE THAT TAKES THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SNIPE AT DIGITAL JOURNALISTS
The Ezra Klein ‘advice to young journalists’ column had 2 misspellings and the tweet to promote it had a grammatical error and an extra word
— Will Green (@wfcgreen) February 10, 2015
he’s right about one thing: bloggers are ‘disposable.’ so, don’t be disposable. be a goddamned writer not a blogger. http://t.co/P8sGr2OWMk
— Natasha Young (@natashay0ung) February 10, 2015
ADVICE: DO WHAT I DID
Go to a small/metro paper (they still exist). Cover courts and town gov’ts. Be indispensable. DC and NY can wait. #adviceforyoungjournalists
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) February 10, 2015
ADVICE: BELIEVE WHAT I BELIEVE
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) February 9, 2015
Advice to young journalists: form a union in your newsroom #solidarity
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) February 9, 2015
DO WHAT THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE ADVICE
My advice for young journalists is to pet every single dog u see. Every single one.
— ellen drake tannam (@incogellen) February 9, 2015
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— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) February 10, 2015
Advice to young journalists. pic.twitter.com/sxGWiOl0Ql
— Moltz (@Moltz) February 10, 2015
ALSO, IS ANYONE STILL WORKING?
There’s tremendous opportunity for some reporter to break big news right now, while all of D.C. media argues about journalism on twitter.
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) February 10, 2015
My advice for journalists: get back to work.
— Shani ◉. Hilton (@shani_o) February 9, 2015