Nobody should “go into online news.” Or “TV news” or “newspaper news” or “radio news.” Just go into news. The great thing about the web is that it’s bringing all these sources together. The artificial-wall snobbery can go hang. We’re “journalists” and your platform of choice is meaningless; you’ll need to know ’em all. Specialize, absolutely. But make yourself indispensable.
I agree: That’s where it has to go. At CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, we just retitled “new media” to “interactive journalism” and loosened the strictures of the print/broadcast/interactive tracks. Journalism students must reach across these boundaries, just as journalists must.