Wednesday December 11, 2013
Survive in JournalismLynn Walsh Special to Salem-News.com
What it takes to make it...
(AUSTIN, TX) - What does it take to survive in journalism? Is it about multimedia skills? Or is it all about how well you write? Maybe it is about correct grammar usage?
I am sure everyone has their own four or five things they can rattle off to a student or young journalist that answers that question. I do not think there is a wrong answer and I think there are many right answers.
A recent chat sponsored by the Poynter Institute talked about this very issue. Shazna Nessa a managing editor with the Associated Press led the conversation. She talked about the importance of being willing and able to collaborate, the importance of knowing the "ecosystem" of what is happening in industry and having "hybrid" skills.
I read the chat and agree with Nessa. I especially think it is important to have "hybrid" skills. The days of just being a writer or a photographer are over and I think it is beneficial for the industry. Now, everyone is expected and in my opinion should, be taking photos, writing print-style stories for the web and being able to shoot and edit video. It only makes the stories we provide to our audience that much more entertaining and valuable.
Nessa also discusses the importance of knowing how to build web interactives. She mentions that interactives are built by reporters now, not just web developers or IT staff members. With free and easy tools all around us, I think agree. I think everyone should be able to make an interactive map, a graphic, etc.
I would also add the following to her list:
Special thanks to Lynn Walsh, RTDNA Blogger and Investigative Producer for WPTV, NewsChannel 5 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Connect with her on Twitter, @LWalsh or send her an e-mail, Lynn.K.Walsh@gmail.com
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