On 30 November I’ve been asked to speak at the annual conference of the National Council for the training of Journalists in Belfast. The subject is ‘Digital skills and technology in journalism’. I’m working out a few ideas – in no particular order – here. Comments and suggestions welcome.
Even newspapers now expect – and provide training for – new skill. The core skills of journalism remain the same – finding, understanding and telling a story. But the technology is different. New York Times are doing Video Newscasts daily with a 1 o’clock slot for TimesCasts and they are thinking about thinking about other scheduled programmes. Additionallly they have – for some time now included video reports on softer news areas. That is changing. “Our Goal is to real journalism with video” to quote Anne Derry, Editorial Director Video and Television NY Times.
And the new technology skills? Journalism by iPhone. The Wall Street Journal is training journalists to shoot video on iPhone and how to tell stories in video format and to send the video to the desk.