Professional skills

A recent reseach by Ryan Thornburg, journalist and professor of online journalism in the University of North Carolina (USA) reveals in its results, as a conclusion after asking of the newspaper of the state about 17 professional skills that the force as a group of the young online journalists is on the ability to interpret news, grammar and AP style, more than on the skills of editing video, sound or HTML.

Some answers: professor Mindy McAdams asks whether the results are the answer to appropriate questions or it is because “many of these folks may have moved straight over from the print side.”

Most of the journalists interviewed by Thronburg work as journalist for less than ten years, and have just a graduate level.

Othe critics come from the own experience of some journalists. Patrick Beeson talks about him in his blog.

Taking it all into account, the Spanish web , created by former editor-in-chief of Prisacom, Mario Tascón, has published its own catalogue of online journalist’s skills:

·     Basic knowledge of Flash

·     Edition and recording of audio and vídeo

·     Blogging tools

·     Conten Management System (CMS)

·     Web Desing

·     SEO (searcher positioning)

·     CSS

·     XML an HTML

·     Usability and accessibility

·     Photoshop

·     Locuted slide shows



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