Advice to asipring journalists

Andrew Gelman Oct 20 '09

Alekx passed on this advice from the Gladwell:

Q: If you had a single piece of advice to offer young journalists, what would it be?

A: The issue is not writing. It’s what you write about. . . . Aspiring journalists should stop going to journalism programs and go to some other kind of grad school. If I was studying today, I would go get a master’s in statistics, and maybe do a bunch of accounting courses and then write from that perspective. I think that’s the way to survive. The role of the generalist is diminishing. Journalism has to get smarter.

I like his advice to study statistics, but I might recommend a few psychology courses instead of taking accounting.