It is that time of the year again: students at Dutch schools of journalism are close to graduation, and some of them write their final thesis on a topic related to new media and/or multiculturalsm and/or infotainment - the three topics of my first book (2002).

What is really cool about all of this, is that some of them take matters into their own hands and give me a call or e-mail me out here in Indiana, to ask me in person what's up. I always anjoy those discussions - not in the least because I once tried to get so-called 'experts' on the phone for my graduation thesis (back in 1992... on pop music and journalism), and because these interviews offer me a unique window into the organization and ideas of (Dutch) journalism education.

Interestingly enough, the other similar requests from students I get are from Egypt, India, and sometimes England, Finland or Israel.

Yesterday a student told me how she had interviewed journalists at the major newspapers in The Netherlands about 'infotainment'. I asked her in return, whether she felt that ANY of these interviewees expressed that (s)he was having FUN at their job. After some thought, she had to say: no. My guess is: THAT is the reason for the slow death of the newspaper industry in many places.