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Journalism Student survey: How important do you think the following skills are for journalism students to learn?

Journalism Student survey: How important do you think the following skills are for journalism students to learn?

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Published by: Josh Halliday on Jun 20, 2009
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Journalism Student Survey
1. How important do you think the following skills are for journalism students to learn?VitalImportantNot asimportantas othersubjectsUnimportantRatingAverageResponseCount
Web-based skills (creating contentonline, blogs, etc)
59.0% (85)
32.6% (47)7.6% (11)0.7% (1)1.50144Social media (twitter, socialnetworks, etc)21.0% (30)
46.2% (66)
28.0% (40)4.9% (7)2.17143Business and entrepreneurial skills11.2% (16)
40.6% (58)40.6% (58)
7.7% (11)2.45143News gathering and writing
6.3% (9)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)1.06144Sub-editing and design38.5% (55)
55.2% (79)
6.3% (9)0.0% (0)1.68143Audio and video (podcasts, videoreports, etc)40.6% (58)
48.3% (69)
11.2% (16)0.0% (0)1.71143Any further comments?33
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1ShorthandMay 11, 2009 1:06 PM2At the moment I'm spending so much time mastering ways of presentinginformation that I'm not spending anywhere near enough time understandingwhat story should be told. I'm learning to do slick presentations of slimstories. This can't be right.May 11, 2009 2:18 PM3Facebook and twitter can only offer news in an advertising context they do notgive people new information.May 11, 2009 3:12 PM4Two skills that were not on there but should be is "willingness to change" and"creative thinking." Journalists need to learn how to think like us Fine Artstypes and push the boundaries to find out where journalism can and shouldgo.May 11, 2009 5:02 PM5Part of the problem with the uncertainty around the industry is that journalismstudents need to be adept at both the old tricks of the trade (newswriting, sub-editing, law) and the new ones (web, social media, twitter). We need to bequalified to create and publish content across all platforms until it is clearerwhat path our own careers will take.May 11, 2009 5:28 PM6In this day and age journalists should have a wide variety of skills in order tocater for the huge multimedia demands placed on them.May 11, 2009 6:15 PM7I feel as though copy editing is the most important subject students often lookover.May 11, 2009 6:17 PM
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8We have been drilled constantly on the importance of being flexible andforward thinking. When Emily Bell came to talk to us last week she said thatDigital Media will feature heavily in the future of Journalism and so it is onlysensible we learn the skills now.May 11, 2009 6:18 PM9Doing the basics well still must be the most important thing, but theopportunities to do them are dwindling, especially for young reporters.May 11, 2009 6:32 PM10broadcast skills are more important than print skillsMay 11, 2009 6:39 PM11Design and sub-editing is more important for magazine courses but it shouldbe taught WELL on print courses too. Having almost completed a course thatis very focused on teaching multi-platform within the specific discipline I candefinitely see the benefits of both learning web-based skills and newsgathering/writing. I don't intend to work on a paper but news writing hasimproved my writing overall and increased my news sense.We have done a "convergence" project and also had to create a magazine ina week (alongside our colleagues creating a newspaper and daily broadcastsand a news website, all of which was supposed to feed into each other).Theyhave been two of the biggest learning experiences, learning to make copysuitable for cross platform publication and also how to add audio and video forthe web which gives the magazine copy another edge online.Shorthand (although horribly painful and depressing sometimes!) is a greatskill that should be taught on more courses.May 11, 2009 8:39 PM12Blogging, tweeting, etc are useful networking, marketing and research tools.But they do not replace hard reporting skills.May 11, 2009 8:59 PM13I don't think news gathering and writing should be in the same category.Journalism doesn't revolve around the print product, it revolves aroundreporting.May 11, 2009 9:35 PM14i believe shorthand is the most importantMay 11, 2009 10:07 PM15shorthand- still vitalMay 11, 2009 11:14 PM16I think journalists in the future will need a good understanding of newtechnologies i.e. twitter, pod casts, blogs as they are becoming ever moreimportant in the way the media operates.May 12, 2009 8:18 AM17I think web based skille and social media are important but it depends on whatkind of journalism you want to do.May 12, 2009 8:21 AM18NopeMay 12, 2009 10:52 AM19Online skills should be taken into consideration more than it is an the moment,i.e. on print journalism courses.May 12, 2009 10:52 AM20I feel it would be very well served for students to learn about trying to promotethemselves and their portfolio to get an edge on the competition.May 12, 2009 11:24 AM21Grammar, spelling, punctuation are extremely importantMay 13, 2009 8:17 AM22shorthand! Learning can be extremely tedious but it is really useful (and youfeel really smug when you get your 100pwm)May 14, 2009 5:20 PM23communication skills are also vitalMay 14, 2009 5:27 PM24I think social media is interesting to media people and no one else. Mediapeople use Twitter as a way of breaking news. Everyone else uses it to saythey're having a cup of tea and want to go on holiday.However skills like how to edit a video and audio well are vital.May 14, 2009 5:55 PM25CONVERGENCE, apparently, is the most vital skill. The employers I haveasked look mostly for research and writing skills, and IDEAS.May 14, 2009 6:03 PM26I think some knowledge of web-design is important so that a journalist is ableto envisage how the information they collect will be portrayed, but that web-design should be left to professionals trained especially for that. Newsgathering, design and a/v ability are the most important aspects.May 14, 2009 7:50 PM27Employers want top quality skills in everything. You have to be multi skilled.May 14, 2009 8:09 PM28Twitter infuriates me as do blogs.May 14, 2009 9:19 PM

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