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Skills for journalists in print and digital media

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I present workshops around the country for NewsTrain. Lately the sessions have drawn both professional journalists and college students and their journalism professors. This makes for interesting exchanges about skills, purpose, and generation gaps. At the recent NewsTrain in Columbus, OH, came this question: What skills are most important when newspapers are hiring young journalists today? My response was critical thinking and good reporting skills. Most everything else we could help new hires learn within our system. This set off a discussion that spilled over past the end of the session. Students expressed uncertainty and some frustration with their school’s push for multimedia skills at the expense of reporting. This is not to say new media is not important. And in some cases those technical skills may be most important. But most new hires end up covering basic beats. And from those beats come information and stories that can play in print or online. The best material on either platform is a function of the content. The ability to report and think about content critically is the entry requirement for old or new media.

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Written by mroberts8

10/08/2009 at 9:34 pm

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