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Journalism: The New Frontier

Presented at PULSE, WLUSP's journalism conference on Nov. 7, 2009.
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Erin Hudson

on 7 November 2009

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Transcript of Journalism: The New Frontier

Journalism: The New Frontier Is there any hope? Absolutely! Preparing yourself for the new frontier.

Traditional news stories are moving online and being infused with multimedia elements.

With millions of sources for online news, readers are no longer willing to wait for their news.

The papers that are being left behind are those that are too set in their ways to innovate.

You can still have a career in Journalism... just maybe not the one you thought you would
What do I need to know to be a journalist
The same skills as always..

A curiosity and desire to know the truth.

A passion to tell stories.

Determination.

But also...
The new skills Writing for the web






Social media knowledge. Familiarity with gadgets. The medium is the message. Web design and coding <a href="http://www.cup.ca">Canadian University Press</a> HTML PHP CSS Ruby on Rails, Python, Liquid... Where can I learn this stuff Your student newspaper Learn to write learn to write for the web use online tools tools like... Are student newspapers ready for this? The current production model
Sunday - content deadline for writers
Monday - production and editing
Tuesday - production and editing
Wednesday (6 AM) - paper goes to print
Thursday - paper hits stands
Thursday (later in the day) - issue uploaded to website The NEW production model
Sunday - content deadline for writers
Monday - new story published online
Tuesday - breaking content from newest issue goes online (cut down for web), production and editing
Wednesday (6 AM) - paper goes to print
Wednesday (much later) - new story published online, blog updates, video goes live
Thursday - new story published online, paper hits stands
Friday - new story published online, blog updates, video goes live Screw you buddy. I don't have time for that. Yes you do. If you're willing to make some changes. Come on... it's important. The current paper editorial model Editor-in-chief Managing Editor/Production Manager Section editors Art director Staff writers/staff photographers/staff illustrators volunteers Webmaster A BETTER paper editorial model Editor-in-chief Managing Editor/Production Manager Online Editor Section Editors/Art Director Staff writers/staff photographers/staff illustrators Volunteers Webmaster
Summing up
Even Clark Kent googles.
Journalism isn't dying... it's evolving.
Don't be left behind.
The world will always need writers they can trust to tell the story.
...but knowing html helps too.
write for your medium.
use every tool available to you.
take every opportunity you can to learn a new skill.
Innovate. Figure out new ways to do the same old thing.
The web is a big part of your life, make it a big part of your student paper and career too. president@cup.ca

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