Students were quite engaged as New York Times journalist Stephen Greenhouse spoke in the cinema on Thursday. As opposed to the standard format of a speech, the presentation followed more of a question-and-answer style, and both the students and Greenhouse took advantage of this, with the students asking a multitude of well-researched questions and Greenhouse giving lengthy, knowledgeable answers.
Most of the students’ questions involved labor and workplace issues, the topics that Greenhouse typically reports on for the New York Times. Labor unions, the world economy, and workforce pay were prominent issues throughout the various questions. He also spoke, though less prominently, on the topic of journalism as a career. Greenhouse carefully articulated his answers, giving facts as well as his own opinions, yet always sounding relaxed and down-to-earth.
“It’s a tough world out there,” said Greenhouse on the topic of journalism in the job market. “If you’re a really talented writer I think it’s harder to make it financially.” He talked as well about his own decision to pursue a career in journalism over a career in law and his interest in business and economic reporting.
Greenhouse also spoke on the topic of employment in the energy sector. He talked about the general job market as well, offering some encouraging words.
“If you graduate and have a problem finding a job it’s probably not your fault,” he said. “Don’t count success on whether or not you find a job.”
Steven Greenhouse received a degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1975 and has worked full-time for the New York Times since 1983. He also obtained a degree in law from the New York University School of Law. Through his investigative reporting efforts he has exposed the wrongdoings of Wal-Mart and Toys R’ Us and the terrible living conditions of some farm workers. He continues to reside in the state of New York.