the future of journalism
Is this it? Blogs? It could very well be.
Last semester I was a guinea pig in a new course at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, J3990: Introduction to Multimedia Tools. The class, which corresponded with my semester in News Writing and Reporting set out to teach us the fundamentals of multi-platform reporting in this rapidly changing industry. For it being a test run of the course, it was really beneficial. Sure, some parts were rocky, but I learned extremely valuable skills. As I am beginning the hunt for a summer internship/real life adult job everyone requires some sort of multi-platform skills. The basics of journalism are still at the core. You have to be able to write. To edit. To develop a story. To tell a story. But being able to tell a story in SoundSlides or write for a blog audience is becoming just as important in the industry today. After I took the course, I really felt that it should be something required of all journalism students. I was thinking about all of this today after reading “Columbia J-School’s Existential Crisis” on NYMag.com (by Erica Oden). The article discussed the new mandatory multi-media portion of the prestigious j-school’s “Reporting and Writing 1” class (which I am sure is quite similar to the News Writing and Reporting here at the UofM, but ours may be a little less “prestigious”). Some professors are extremely against this addition, “Fuck new media,” being a response from one.
Are they afraid that the real skills, the real journalism is going to be lost in this new media-social-network-twitter-blog-online world. What are your thoughts, future journalists? Are these the skills we need to acquire? Or are we losing what is at the heart of our chosen path? What is in store for our futures if we do not have these skills, or even if we do? I would love to hear all of your thoughts. Check out the New York article or even pop over to my3990.com and check out what we were learning.