Integration of newsrooms and difficulty of teaching Cyberjournalism

October 15, 2008

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.

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Professional skills

October 14, 2008

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 233grados.com , 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