It’s a good question, isn’t it? To answer it, Jack invites actual young person journalist Philip Wegmann, now a political reporter for Real Clear News, to attempt to justify himself. They also discuss whether young people are consuming news correctly, and give advice for young people aspiring to be journalists and to be just generally informed citizens.

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  1. Tedley Member

    This was my first time to hear this podcast.  I enjoyed it, and I plan to follow it.  Keep up the great work! 

    I think Philip made a mature comment when he said that he was glad he didn’t go on to law school or go for a masters in history.  It was mature since many young people want to maximize education before their first job, while the truth is that they may not really like working in that field and will have wasted the time and money spent on the additional degree.  Having said that, I had to laugh when he mentioned this, since I’m about to get my second bachelors, this one in history, and I’m planning to continue on for a masters in history.  However, I’m a generation older, so I’m not looking to profit from the degree so much as expand my knowledge base in something that interests me and find an opportunity to provide something of value in a new field. 

    Philip makes a very valuable point when he notes that reporters working in DC can use Twitter as a source of info because they have time to investigate breaking tweets to verify what’s being said, while the average person who has a “real” job and family to take care of doesn’t have the time to check things out.  It’s why everyone (average person and otherwise) needs to treat information on Twitter with a big grain of salt, even info provided by those with blue check marks. 

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