We have an acute need to adapt journalism -- and especially newspapers -- to the societal changes brought by new technology, and to do that, we need the energy, optimism and willingness to try something new that comes with being young.
"My work on changing culture in newsrooms shows that young journalists intend to leave because the pace of change is too slow. (Report here). They are turned off by the tendency of veteran journalists to argue down new ideas, cling to old ways, and avoid risks. As Readership Institute research has shown, those are outcomes of newspaper people's tendencies to be oppositional, perfectionist and conventional."
Yes, we've seen a lot of that lately.