Monday, June 08, 2009

Diaspora Speaks

Thanks to all who mentioned it. Someone send Diasporan Howard Fineman of Newsweek a keg of Iron City or something for his latest look back at his hometown:

What Pittsburgh (Don’t Laugh) Can Teach Obama
Struggling cities like Detroit could learn a lot from the Pennsylvania city's rebirth.

Random thought, but I wonder how many former Pittsburgh journalists there are out there beyond the burgh. I know I talk to several. I further wonder how many there would be if we had had a major J-school here in town over the decades. (not a dis to the many programs that are here). But I actually asked the question once of why there was not a J-school here at Pitt and if it had ever been contemplated. There was a clear answer. Not being a center of the national media industry it never made much sense to invest in starting up a school focused on media.

I wonder if Fineman ever checks in here?


Blogger Jim Russell said...

Ah, but starting up a social media program would make perfect sense.

Monday, June 08, 2009 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't there a rather famous J-school at Ohio U.? Athens isn't exactly a center of national media.

Monday, June 08, 2009 2:58:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I know that. THe history of why that school is there might be interesting. And the question is whether there would have been a market for another school relatively close by. and these days I wonder what J schools are thinking about when looking at the future.

Monday, June 08, 2009 8:26:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

"...these days I wonder what J schools are thinking about when looking at the future."

Screw-cap wine and the Wendy's value menu.

Monday, June 08, 2009 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Schultz said...

Talk about unoriginal. This article by Mr. Fineman is just a rehash of other article written about the burgh over the last two years.

Monday, June 08, 2009 10:21:00 PM  

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