“Skills for Future Journalists

Posted by on June 12th, 2010
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What Skills Will Future Journalists Need?

from MediaShift

For the past two years, OurBlook.com has been conducting interviews with top experts in journalism and media about the future of journalism. In my previous post for MediaShift, I offered a collection of views about where the industry and profession is headed.

We recently began asking interviewees to outline what they see as the role and skillset of the journalist. Overall, experts agreed that the future journalist will be:

  • A multitasker, juggling various responsibilities and roles, many which may have nothing to do with “traditional” journalism.
  • Technologically savvy, having at least a basic understanding of programming, web tools, and web culture.
  • A gatekeeper for a particular beat, directing readers to the most current and trustworthy news, regardless of who wrote it or where it’s housed.
  • A versatile storyteller, who knows how to present a story online in various formats.
  • A brand and a community manager, who cultivates a constant and interactive conversation with their readership.

Fragrant idea to save Turkish newspapers

by Esra Arsan

From the Wsetminster News Online
A Turkish media expert has been describing how her country?s newspapers are adapting to the challenges facing the media.
Speaking at the journalism conference jointly organised by the University of Westminster and the British Journalism Review, Esra Arsan, Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Communications at Istanbul Bilgi University, said Turkish newspapers were adapting with a range of imaginative ideas.

Political activism masquerading as ?ambush journalism?

from Bloggasm by Simon

If activists want to practice journalism, shouldn?t we hold their work to a rigorous journalistic standard?

?Hey Congressman Moran? Jason Mattera, from Virgina, actually, big fan. The 12th district of Virginia.?

Arab Free Press Forum looks at how young people consume news

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
Arab young people are interested in news but don’t want to pay for it, according to a study by Jad Melki, assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. The survey interviewed school and university students aged 13 to 28 in Lebanon, the UAE and Jordan. Melki was speaking at the 4th Arab Press Forum in Beirut, Lebanon.

The Internet challenge for media in the Arab World

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
The challenges and opportunities posed by the Internet were major topics of discussion among speakers during the final session of the 4th Arab Free Press Forum, on what lies ahead for the independent press in the region.
Former Middle East editor for the Guardian, Brian Whitaker described the Internet as “probably the biggest challenge that newspapers are ever going to face,” but emphasised how crucial it is to tackle this now, as “it’s reasonable to say that a lot of print newspapers will have disappeared within 10-15 years if not sooner,” at least in the Western world.

Looking at the future of the independent Arab press

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
The direction of the independent Arab press was debated at length in the final session of the Arab Free Press Forum in Beirut, Lebanon. In a region where state-run publications have a strong presence and independent media can be subject to political harassment and censorship, the challenges are considerable. Former Middle East editor of the Guardian Brian Whitaker steered the discussion.

John Paton hopes to make journals “digital first, print last”

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Carole Wurzelbacher

john paton.jpgJohn Paton, chief executive of the Journal Register Company, is attempting to focus his company’s journals on being “digital first, print last,” the Guardian reports. Last April, Paton founded the Ben Franklin Project, which attempts to involve a wider community with the newspaper by using “free and open web tools.” Two of Paton’s journals were given the challenge of engaging the community in the process of news-gathering using online tools. And the results of Paton’s experiment definitely showed promise.

Why aren?t mainstream news outlets giving a Salon writer credit for his groundbreaking reporting?

from Bloggasm by Simon

Both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times published shocking stories this morning about a new Army report that found ?remains in more than 200 graves at Arlington National Cemetery may be incorrectly identified,? and that the ?U.S. Army forced out the top two officials at Arlington National Cemetery ? after a seven-month investigation uncovered widespread mismanagement of the military?s most hallowed burial ground.? The report came out after hundreds of discrepancies had been found between the graves within the cemetery and the records that purported to detail what bodies lay within them.

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