Write -30- is a blog by Tyler Dukes, with contributions from Nathan Hardin, focusing on the rapidly changing profession of journalism. It covers everything from the current developments to tips and tricks on how to be a better journalist in a time of lean budgets and shrinking resources.

Along the way, maybe we’ll have a few laughs — because let’s face it, if we can’t laugh about the state of journalism, we’ll jump ship and become PR agents.

Have suggestions? Want to contribute? Feel free to contact Tyler.

Why -30- ?

Back in the good ole days of journalism, when newspapers were cash cows and it was conceivable to make a decent living as a reporter, writers used to denote the end of their stories with the “-30-” symbol. There are a lot of theories as to how that specific assemblage of characters was adopted as the sign-off for the common ink-stained wretch. But to most journalists, it’s a symbol specific to this profession — to end your work, write -30-.

At no other time has this industry faced such a dramatic upheaval. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.

But it’s important to note that “end,” in this context doesn’t mean death.

It may be the end of journalism as we know it, but in its place will evolve something barely recognizable. Journalism could become a reinvented form of powerful storytelling relevant to a community of people that uses it to inform decisions. It could also become a collection of drivel and noise dismissed by the majority.

The choice is up to us.