The Spanish website 233grados.com publishes an interview with Rosental Calmon Alves, Brazilian journalist, professor at the Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas (Austin, USA). Alves thinks that native digital users hav developed some areas in their brains that the previous generations have not. Professor Alves insists in the importance of teaching and transmitting ethic, professional values more than technological skills. In the last Assembly of the Inter American Press Association, during a conference on training of the new journalists, some journalism professors and newspaper directives from Spain, United Kingdom and Argentina have recognized the necessity and the difficulty of adapting the skills and the teaching of online journalism.
[A report on this conference – in Spanish – can be read at 233grados.com].
Rosental Calmon Alves considers that natural reluctance of printed press’ journalist to changes must be substituted by an open mind. “The journalist that renounce to take a picture or a video is losing a chance […]. You don’t need to substitute anyone; everyone should know a little bit of every technique and be able to use it when necessary”. Convergence is the future, says professor Alves: “In this transition times os integrationism or separatism, I am in favour of newsroom integration”.
Rosental C. Alves was the creator of the first Brazilian online newspaper, the Jornal do Brasil, in 1996.