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June 19, 2015 9:25 pm  #1

There are no more specialists in journalism

(Via State)  

The journalism industry is evolving. Not slowly and over time - as every industry does - but through a drastic overhaul in a short period of time. In recent years, the Fourth Estate has shifted its priority from print to online. With that came the need for more videos, more podcasts and just more content.

Newsrooms reacted to the increased demand by training - or hiring - one person to do it all. As someone who has been working in the industry for a few years, I was trained to be a one-woman show. I can film, script, voice and edit video for web or for TV. I'm prepared to be asked to follow up by writing a feature for web or creating an interactive digital piece. I’d argue that almost everyone who has broken into the industry within the last five to ten years has only known the industry in this way.

But right now the industry is split. There are people like me, and then there are people with significantly more experience. They’re from a different generation that focused on specializing in one or two aspects of the industry. As print reporters, they weren’t asked to film interviews, edit footage, take pictures, write a story for the tablet and then write a version for print. Some have adapted well to the changing landscape, but they weren’t digital natives. They were forced to start thinking digital. They didn’t grow up with it.


Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.