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Journalism in Modern-Day Media as Told by #CWKU

On Saturday, Orange Magazine held a two-part panel — called “Journalism in Modern-Day Media: Can We Keep Up?” (CWKU) — of student, professor and professional journalists followed by presentations from Raw Paw and Citygram Magazine to discuss the modern-day direction of media. The first panel, comprised of students with backgrounds from a variety of media organizations, such as  The Daily Texan, Longhorn Life, Texas Student Television, ORANGE Magazine and The Horn, covered issues specifically faced by collegiate journalists. The second panel featured professors from the University of Texas at Austin and writers and editors from The Austin-American Statesman, The Texas Tribune, Edible Austin, Austin Monthly Magazine and Naturally Fit Magazine. Also, lots of Kind Snacks bars made an appearance. Attendees gathered in the Texas Union Theatre to ask the hard-hitting questions and comment on the panels via a live Twitter feed projected onstage.

By Megan Fullerton

Here’s a recap of #CWKU in tweets:

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It stands for: “Can we keep up?”

The answer? Unsure at this point.

Panelists on the necessity of being a jack of all trades as a journalist:

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“Well, because only one person can be the best at something”- student panelist Bryan Rolli.

Panelists on how to keep the millennial generation reading the news:

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So, put pictures of cats in all your stories.

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The more knowledge you have in lots of subjects, the more hirable you are.

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So, maybe I shouldn’t write this “Buzzfeed’s Top 10 Buzzfeed Articles” article?

Panelists on whether social media, such as Twitter, has ruined or developed journalism:

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If only all my papers had a 140 character limit, I would be KILLING IT in college.

Panelists on what to expect when joining the field of journalism:

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Panelists on how students should prepare for a career in journalism:

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But not a stream of consciousness blog.

Or the kind filled with memes, either.

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To close out the day, the first presenter, Citygram Austin’s founder Chris Perez, talked the audience through the idea behind his magazine application made specifically for mobile devices.

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Download the App! It’s print-quality amazing-ness.

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And #CWKU concluded with a seriously inspiring presentation from Austin’s Raw Paw, a media collective focused around print newspapers and zines. They made starting a successful business/creative community in college sound so easy.

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So, if you’re an artist, don’t feel like you’re selling out.

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The conference ended with one conclusion:

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