Monday, September 22, 2008

Shiny new mulimedia lecture room awaits journalism students

If the telegraph, ITN and BBC can do it, then what's stopping academia.

So students sharpening their note pads. Mmm doesn't quite work that. Students sharpening their pencils may either gawp or be nonchalant about the new multimedia lecture room where we shall regale all with tales of journalism.

Seating 40, five monitors, a whiteboard and cameras, whilst the space is not quite concentric circles, there's a focus on digitally mining and knitting all things we've become techie too.

"feed guest lectures onto the giant monitors as we speak web analytics.

But enough, the proof as they say will be in a couple of days time, when I'm likely to kick off asking what is the industry looking for in new journalists.

Answers - scribble below


peter said...

they want cheap but they need journalists who attract eyeballs.

So at $1 million a year Walt Mossberg is a cheap part-timer at the WSJ.

I bet if you look at a graph of journalism salaries you will find a trough rather than a bell curve. More like the music biz.

I don't think all this "democratization of the media" is going to pan out quite as folks want it to.

Dr David Dunkley Gyimah said...

it's become the low hanging fruit.

The beauty in times of old is that you could rightly disguise what you did.

"Hard work this journalism". My first staff pay cheque in the 80s was more than I expected.

I think we'll still find the silver backs and agency "talents' raking it in.

But yes if you're starting out a new, I don't know what to say.

We ARE getting good rates of employment from our grads.

Hard work, bloody mindedness, luck, but it's a bun fight and when the tech stuff's all said and done, it's about the story.

And funny that, new journos [ not all of course] balk at the idea of getting dirty. You know door step. work the streets, Vox pop.

Here's an essay "democratization of the media" discuss pros and cons.

David would like to point out that the views expressed here by no means reflect those of his employers