"Obviously, I am being a bit facetious here, but the truth of the matter is that by the time my generation, Gen Y, gets into the real world there will be a much higher demand for web-savvy writers and thinkers than traditional Woodwards and Bernsteins."
Alright, so what Taylor is saying is that learning about print and magazine Journalism is redundant and useless because the world is going digital. So is it actually possible to skip over the origin of Journalism and skip right to the future? When you learn anything, isn't it essential to start with the basics or the beginning? (Aka: know the history). How can you possibly be a professional when you don't know or accept everything in your field of study? Writing for a print newspaper is identical to writing online. It is just a different medium. You cannot cut out original Journalism!!!
"What surprises me further is when Professor Quigley informs us that people actually get paid to blog. That they make a living off of this. For me this was very much a “duh” moment and I thought that it would be for the rest of the students as well. They should be fully aware at this point that blogging has become a very serious form of journalism. Furthermore, they should be aware that it is the one journalistic venture that requires little or no ladder-climbing. You can start at any age, with almost no experience, and actually get published instead of fetch coffee."
Apparently Journalism is now self-taught. Because you can write a perfect news story on your own without instruction. The only thing she is right about is, practicing Journalism at an early age and working hard at it can better prepare you for the advanced level of it in college or later schooling where perhaps you will learn about freedom of speech gives you the right to publish what you want......but what those people who skim over "print" have not learned is it obviously comes with consequences.