Adviser Update Adviser Update Winter 2018 - Page 6

N EW S M AT TE R S A Farewell to Adviser Update By Richard J. Levine I n 13 years of writing a column for Adviser Update, this one has been the most difficult to produce. With this issue, Adviser Update, founded as a monthly newsletter more than a half- century ago, will cease publication. RICHARD J. LEVINE Richard J. Levine is president of the board of directors of the Dow Jones News Fund. Since joining Dow Jones in 1966, he has served as vice president for news and sta development, executive editor of Dow Jones Newswires, vice president of information services, editorial director of electronic publishing and Washington correspondent and columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Email: richard.levine@dowjones.com This is not a decision that the Dow Jones News Fund, as publisher of this magazine, takes lightly. It reflects the need to allocate carefully our resources to accomplish our mission: to encourage talented college students to consider journalism careers in the digital age by offering them extensive training and paid professional internships at the nation’s leading news media organizations. It also reflects our recognition that the vast increase in daily news and information about journalism on the internet has reduced the role of Adviser Update. Indeed, it can be difficult to stay abreast of the daily onslaught of breaking news and analysis about the news business, journalists, journalism education and First Amendment issues. Adviser Update, which became a digital- only quarterly magazine in 2016, traces its roots back to the fall of 1959, less than a year after the Newspaper Fund, as it was then called, launched. The late Don Carter, the Fund’s first executive director and a distinguished newspaper editor, started a monthly newsletter for high school journalism teachers and advisers who had received Fund fellowships enabling them to expand their knowledge by taking college courses in journalism. A decade later, the newsletter was being mailed to tens of thousands of journalism teachers and others. In her column in this issue on page 4, the Fund’s managing director Linda Shockley writes about a wide array of scholastic journalism organizations that offer a wealth of valuable information to high school journalism teachers and student journalists. For news and information about the state of professional journalism—the frequent focus of my columns for Adviser Update since 2006—I recommend from a vast array these websites: + PEW RESEARCH CENTER: JOURNALISM & MEDIA + COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW + NIEMAN JOURNALISM LABORATORY Dedicated to strengthening journalism, they are invaluable resources in a period in which legacy news organizations have been weakened financially by digital giants such as Google and Facebook and face daily attacks by the president and others for producing “fake news.” I have found the Pew Center’s “Daily Briefing of Media News” especially useful for staying abreast of a wide range of developments in journalism quickly and easily. In closing, the Fund offers thanks for the contributions of George Taylor, editor of Adviser Update in print for 20 years, Adrienne Forgette, who as editor-in-chief launched the digital edition, and Heather Taylor, who as the Fund’s manager of digital media and programs has overseen the production of Adviser Update in recent years. And finally to our readers, thank you for your support over the decades and your dedication to a free, strong and fair press.