After spending a day at a news literacy conference at Stony Brook University (more about that later), and expecting to spend a couple of days at the College Media Advisers convention in the next few days, I want to take the opportunity to encourage all, especially those feeling beaten down by the realities of the news business, to spend some time on your craft.
Get thee to a journalism conference. Try a Poynter webinar, go to a college journalism convention: do something. There's a lot going on out there. Sometimes you have to connect with people who have been in the same circumstances and survived, perhaps moved on. Either way, they've got something you can learn. And talking about your craft can be energizing.
If you're staying put in newspapers, check out the ACES conference, which has always had training opportunities that go well beyond night news desk needs at the daily fishwrap.