“Because it would make it easier to be an all round writer/web designer and sub editor,which are skills that all journalists nowadays need to have”
But, as the figures imply, there is deep-rooted unease about getting to grips with technology.Journalism educators often assume that young students are web-savvy and at ease withweb tools – but a surprising number of students say they are intimidated by technology andwent into journalism to write, not design web pages.
“Oddly the students seem slower to adopt new media than the faculty. Multimedia wasoffered for the first time last semester, and no one signed up”
Not everyone is interested in that kind of stuff”
We had the same experience at Sunderland. Although multimedia is embedded in our coremodules, we offered a new, more advance module as an option . . . and just four studentssigned up. That’s why, although many respondents said web coding should just be an option,others said they wished they’d been
to take it.
Web Journalism is not a compulsory part of the degree and as it's not a strong point of mine,I have deliberately avoided choosing Web modules. Perhaps if Web Journalism (which isbecoming increasingly essential) were compulsory it would force people like me to give it ago!
’Finally, we asked students what they would like to see added to their course curriculum. Theword ‘online’ featured prominently, as shown by this WordleEven among those who were reluctant, there was an overwhelming acceptance that webskills were important. At the very least, they were acknowledged as skills that would makesomeone stand out from the competition in the hunt for a job. They didn’t see it as somethingthey should be learning in their spare time, either.“
More incorporation of online; a look at developing storytelling methods; a look at what thefuture of journalism might hold; how journalism makes money.
I think more work with the online medium, blogging and similar skills are important ones that sort of get glossed over.
“If I’m learning my essential skills of online media on my own, then bravo to me and give memy money back!”
As well as compulsory work placements, another prominent theme in the student wishlistwas more specialization – column writing, science journalism, sport, international, war,music, fashion, reviews . . just the chance to be more creative.
“Possibly a module in international or war journalism, something that might inspire rather than dampen the flames” “More variety. There is currently an extreme focus on news journalism, whilst perhaps 70%of the students on the course have no interest in pursuing a career in that field”