A unique program brings together reporters from around the world to diversify their business perspectives.
- By May 09, 2019
- Classroom Experience
The most important thing for a journalist is to question.
Each of us, from our respective corner of the world and our own unique journalistic culture, brought a different perspective to the table. We had lots of discussions on the challenges in journalism: advertising versus subscription models, the reduced focus on investigative stories, and so on.
We got to see a fair bit of Chicago as well. We attended a baseball game, and the program organizers took us to a jazz club for an evening out. I went for a river architecture cruise, on some heritage walks around Chicago, and to an art museum. A fellow journalist took our cohort for a Chinese hot pot, which was an interesting experience, as I was the only vegetarian!
One topic we often discussed among our cohort, and which keeps coming back to me in my present work, is the evolving nature of reporting on beats such as social media or technology, with human footprints expanding way beyond the quarterly results that a business journalist typically covers. What the JIR Program does is enlarge and diversify your perspectives. It makes you ask that extra question, add that extra paragraph to your story, insert those small things in your copy that make it richer.
We'd love to hear your Booth memories, stories, connections...everything.