It has been a half-century since Marshall McLuhan first suggested print is dead. He was wrong then he's even more wrong now.
The U.S. media diet is ravenous. Americans consume 100,000 words per day. (By way of context, The Hobbit is 95,022 words.) From The New York Times to National Geographic, from Facebook to Twitter, and from BuzzFeed to Medium, we're actually reading more words than ever before.
And all those words won't write themselves.
Students studying print journalism at Utah State University learn to write with clarity and precision — building stories that help people understand their communities and the world around them. They learn to enlighten and entertain, to dig for details and hunt for humanity, and to make every word count. They start working immediately, building personal news websites, covering news in Northern Utah and beyond, and breaking stories about higher education, local government, environmental issues, sports, business, public safety and the arts.
Many students in the print emphasis write for the on-campus newspaper, The Utah Statesman, or for the student-run magazine Aggie BluePrint, and many find their work published on the Utah State News Service, a department-run wire service that distributes articles to news organizations across the Mountain West. They study news writing, feature writing, public affairs journalism, copy editing and media law, and apply what their learning immediately to their published work.
Want to work for a traditional news organization? Our graduates are at newspapers and magazines across the country. Want to be on the front lines of the ever-changing digital revolution? Aggies work for some of the top online media organizations in the nation. Want to be an entrepreneur in the brave new world of content creation? Our students are shaping the way the world consumes media before they even pick up their diplomas.
Print is not dead. Not by a long shot. At Utah State, we're still busily writing the first draft of history — and we will be for a long time to come.