When you've been in the media for 43 years, as I have, changes occur. Some of which are tough when friends are affected. I've seen various media jobs eliminated and people let go when they looked mighty secure to me. Now I read today that Mickey Hirten's job is being eliminated at the Lansing State Journal. I almost thought at one time he owned the thing.
He has lived for that paper's expertise ever since he came here in 2001 from Burlington, Vermont. Now he leaves as of this Friday? Man things can change in an instant. The newspaper industry is struggling to move forward as almost all in the industry tell me. And I thought broadcasting had mighty changes. But the print medium struggles to compete with the internet-- and does my future include magazines and books, let alone newspapers?
I've been asked to write more books after the first two, but it looks like a hassle in an industry where people read on kindles or in other ways other than actual books. It is clearly one of the greatest life changers in my time, the internet. Newspapers are adjusting dramatically and I'm realizing it more and more when I hear news about guys like Mickey Hirten. I hope he still has a future in journalism.