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.
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.
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.?
John 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.
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.