Long time since I’ve been able to use this time to reflect on what I’ve been learning in the awesome Syracuse Communications Master’s program.
Well my terror has somewhat subsided since our last engaging talk about where in the world do old school journalist fit in, in such an evolving technologically savvy world? I am proud to say that I had my very first journalism internship at the AFRO American newspaper in DC http://www.afro.com/and fell in love with it. You can take a glance of my very early work (don’t judge the hair style!) Journalism Articles to get an idea of how proud I was to have a “by-line” in a “REAL” newspaper.
I was terrified at the thought that if I couldn’t keep up with the latest and greatest tech, that my dreams, aspirations, and soul would be crushed by being a self proclaimed tech-tarded person.
What I’ve come to find is that it’s all about the story.. not necessarily the delivery of the story. So if you’ve got a great reporter, journalist, writer, producer, or media professional I don’t think they will be replaced by younger, tech savvier, cooler, tech guru as they will be able to successfully collaborate with these communications professionals to serve a common goal for the source of the story.
I will say that it is equally important for old school journalist to do their due diligence to learn and leverage the technology so that the collaboration efforts will be more fruitful. Things old school communication professionals need to think about are how the story gets developed, will it be easily convertible into other formats/media outlets, what will be the technology used to deliver the story, and how interesting is the story for the newer digital audience, basically the ultimate questions of “who cares and why?”
While visiting Denver I wanted to see what the job market was like as I have several options of a new career within walking distance to me. Not only can I get to ABC 7, but also FOX and NPR in less then a 5 minute walk.
l also took it upon myself to see what jobs were industry standard and relatively similar to my old school experience and if there were newer job postings and roles that were more specific to digital medial, social media and the like. I was pleasantly surprised to find room for an “old school” journalist with plenty of growth potential for newer skills to master in the ever evolving world of journalism innovation. Just in case you’re thinking about moving to Denver (because I am), ABC 7 is hiring! https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?c=1060841&d=External