JOURNALISM MAY BE in its most dire time in the history of the craft, but MTV thinks people will watch a program about the profession. They have a new show, The Paper, about a Florida high school newspaper.
A columnist from the Contra Costa Times writes: The show marks a real departure for the youth-centric cable network. It's not "The Real World," or "Laguna Beach," or "The Hills." Rich, hot-looking kids aren't making out in Jacuzzis. They're not slamming shots in some raucous club. They're not prancing about in skimpy bikinis on spring break.
Instead, the show just focuses on smart, normal kids going to class, sacrificing large chunks of their social lives and pouring their passion into a ... newspaper.
Television has a fascination with the print world, from Sex and the City (Sarah Jessica Parker played a sex columnist) to Ugly Betty (she works at a magazine) to I'm from Rolling Stone, another MTV production about interns at the legendary music mag.
Are people really that interested in the inner workings of print publications? Or are these shows destined to fail?
6 months ago