So should modern journalists be expected to learn and use digital journalistic techniques? After reading the column, “Newspaper Columnists ought to be the perfect bloggers,” there is some points that I would like to make for all journalist because I feel this is really important since media in general is becoming a ‘anyone can do it’ commodity.
First let me state on the record that yes I do agree that journalist should be expected to learn, use, and keep up to date with the digital journalism tools.
I’m taking a different approach to look at this ‘problem (if you want to call it)’ with the journalism community. Nobody is saying that you have to become a professional and tech savvy with the new digital tools to get your writing out to a audience but there are benefits a journalist can have using the new online networking ‘tools’. A tool is defined to carryout a particular function, but it’s not mandatory.
If I was asked what is a blog, I would just say that it’s a online version of a newspaper column with interactive tools to make it visually attractive.
When comparing the times in print the author of the column, Robert Niles, quoted,
“Frankly, they’ve been blogging (in print) since long before anyone other than academics and soldiers went online.”
Which is true, I agree. What is the big deal with going paperless and digitizing your blog? Traditional journalist should be able to out beat any citizen blogger because they should have experience from the time where ABC check was in the brain and not the computer. Journalist should grasp especially because their is not a lot of job room in the newroom anymore.
One of the most important things that I’ve learned studying to be a journalist is that no matter how much the technology advances, anything old and traditional can adapt itself and find it’s place in anything new age. It can ‘evolve’ to become suited for the new environment.
Regardless of the digital advances it will all come down to the journalist. Their writing, opinion, and delivery, which will get them their audience. So in a real sense it all comes down to the journalist. There are pro’s and con’s to everything. Through traditional print journalism, if a reader had a comment on your post they’d mail in comments. Now if you post your blog you can receive a comment instantly. On top of that your blog is for the world to see and anyone anywhere can comment.
“You’ve not developed your audience into an online community, one that can sustain your “brand” online even if your print gig fails.”
I agree with how some people don’t get the same recognition they would for print. It’s because their not inviting their audience for their opinions or what are their thoughts on what you are writing about. I see that as one big advantage to having a online community to share your web log. To have a community created through your blog and what you are writing about tells how your doing as a journalist in the online community.
It’s not the end of the story world for traditional journalist. Their still are rules and key point that journalist should keep in mind to deliver the story. It hasn’t changed and neither has the code journalist should keep when reporting a story.
I read some of the comments from the article. The comment that stuck out the most for was from an anonymous reader who said quote,
“It’s interesting and a good topic. I write a technology column that has done fine in print. Still does. But I tried blogging and I was an enormous failure. My guess? I didn’t want – and still don’t want – to spend the time it would take to be truly interactive, having a conversation with readers that started early in the day and lasted into the evening.”
As long as journalist can deal with the change they can expect most likely to come up in gaining a audience and respect. It will broaden your horizon as a journalist and your outlook on using other forms of digital communication to publish your work.
It comes down on your ability to adapt. It’s either pass or fail. Were you as a journalist willing to adapt?
It’s your writing, your work, and your audience that your seeking.