Posted on October 7, 2008
Stuff to teach the next journalists
Please help me with this. In my college, we’ve been working on a list. Rather than a vague list of skills, we’re trying to write what we would expect the student to be able to do. You know — actually DO. So here’s the starter package, which addresses cross-platform concerns:
- Write a 12-inch story (400–450 words) in AP print style w/ Web-appropriate head, subheads and suitable hyperlink(s).
- Create a 2-minute audio clip with clear nat sound, narration and interview material, edited digitally and compressed for the Web.
- Shoot, edit and compress a video of 2 min. 30 sec.
- Create and maintain a single-subject blog for at least eight weeks (minimum 16 posts), with at least two posts per week.
- Create a 1:30 to 2 min. Soundslides presentation that tells a coherent journalistic story.
We have also discussed how to ensure that the students understand online ethics, and we figure that will have to be measured via testing. So, students should be able to correctly answer questions about case studies concerning:
- Advertising interference in editorial
- Hidden bias or manipulation by the journalist
- Sock puppetry or other fakery
- Image and audio manipulation
- Staged or posed events (video, audio, photo)
- Fear or favor
This is far from complete, but I think the first question is, Is this a good base, after the traditional journalism skills? We would have a chance to teach storytelling in every case.