I remember when I was but a wee undergrad. The year was 2009. A young man named Barack Obama had taken stewardship of our country. The economy was in the crapper. I drove around in a Chevy TrailBlazer with vanity plates.
Much has changed since then. (The Blazer no longer has vanity plates.) But one thing hasn’t:
At our alma mater, the University of Missouri, there exist two distinct sectors of our esteemed School of Journalism: the school itself, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute.(1) The J-school is doing some awesome stuff. So is RJI.
Problem is, we’re not always doing great stuff together.
Even though these clusters exist within the same damn building, there’s still a gap between the two. Young J-schoolers dare not venture into RJI. Us RJIers would rather not wander off into the J-school.(2)
Here’s the point: there’s some pretty incredible Journalism Stuff™(3) going on in Columbia, MO, and there need not be a gap between RJI and the J-school.
So I’m launching a new thing this year: The #BergChat. It’s a weekly session in which I’ll invite anyone from the J-school community to sit down with me for 30 minutes to talk about… well, whatever you want. An idea you’ve got. A question you’ve been afraid to ask. A resume you’d like an extra pair of eyes on.
And while we’re chatting, I’ll buy you a beer.(4)
Now, the fine print:
1. Every #BergChat must take place at the World Famous Heidelberg Restaurant. It’s tricky to find, so here are the Google Maps directions from the J-school for those who’ve never been:
2. The #BergChat will last 30 minutes.
3. During said #BergChat, I will buy you a beer, or, if you’re not inclined/able, a drink of your choice.
4. To schedule a #BergChat, follow me on Twitter at @danoshinsky. Each week, I’ll be tweeting out times when I’ll be holding a #BergChat. I’ll open up a handful of half-hour slots. The first (pre-specified number) of folks to respond will be given a timeslot. All you have to do is show up and chat.
5. Each J-schooler gets exactly one #BergChat with me. After that, you’ll just have to stop by my office if you’d like to continue the conversation. Or agree to buy me lunch.(5)
6. The #BergChat can just be one-on-one, or it can be a group of students chatting. But I won’t take on a group that doesn’t fit in a Heidelberg booth. So essentially, it’s got to be a group of three or less.
Point is: I’m reaching out to you, the J-school population. It’s up to you to make the next step and get involved with what we’re doing at RJI.
See you at the Berg.
- I should note here: Counsel has advised me to cease and desist referring to them as my personal Daddy Warbucks. ↩
- Except on occasions when there’s free food over in Walter Williams. ↩
- Trademark of Oshinsky, Inc., 2011. ↩
- For free. Free, as in: no purchase necessary. Cash value of said beer must be less than or equal to $5. The #BergChat will end immediately if the #BergChat-ee attempts to buy a Natural Light with his/her free beer. These are my terms. ↩
- Hint: I’m a Noodles and Co. fan. ↩