Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Welcome to the digital-first newsroom...

Over at Poynter, Joe Grimm held a live chat today on the skills you'll need.
Take a look.
You may be surprised at some of the lessons revealed here.
And this comment:
John Hiner: 
One area where our editors have been a bit disappointed is in the readiness of people coming out of J Schools. They may talk the talk a bit, but have not been immersed in digital reporting tactics and techniques the way we'd like.
 And this:

John Hiner: 
But I and my editors over the past several years have not seen as much readiness, in terms of the ability to work at the pace and level of personal responsibility that true, real-time reporting calls for.
Tuesday February 7, 2012 3:30 John Hiner
3:30
John Hiner: 
Lots of college students we've seen have been taught "blogging," but often that is commentary, and that is the cheapest commodity on the web.
John Hiner: 
Also, few have had true, in-the-fire experience of incremental reporting and engagement around their stories. No college student I have seen has a sense of their own audience, and how to grow and engage it.

John Hiner: 
Last point: Real, old-fashioned, skeptical and inquisitive journalism training still is essential. So is writing. And typing. With thumbs, +1. 

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3:36
[Comment From Nathan Bomey Nathan Bomey : ] 
John, this is Nathan Bomey, business editor and reporter at AnnArbor.com. For what it's worth, I agree that journalism schools aren't producing qualified grads. My assessment: Most industry veterans don't have the digital skills, while most recent grads don't have the traditional reporting skills. Finding job applicants with both is a challenge.
Tuesday February 7, 2012 3:36 Nathan Bomey
3:37
John Hiner: 
Thanks, Nate. Good way to put it. May the twain meet ... soon!

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