In this fast-evolving world of media, the newsroom is no longer a physical “room” (conference calls, anyone?) and lay-outing no longer entail cutting typewritten articles and sticking them to newspaper dummies. As much as humans evolved through adaptation, journalists, too, must adapt to the requirements of modern-day journalism – a large chunk of which is online.
“This is the machine we use to transfer footage from tapes to digital files… we seldom use it nowadays.” This was on day two of my internship in a news wire agency and our mentors were giving us a crash course on the whole “news broadcast production” process.
Just like the old converting/editing machine my mentor introduced to us, some aspects of journalism are fast becoming obsolete. In contrast, online journalism has been (and is still on the process of) evolving. There are skills we, future journalists, don’t need anymore and there are those we have to learn by ourselves.
For one, the internet – much more, online journalism – was unimaginable centuries ago yet here we are, the modern society, who highly depend on the online world for our relationships (Facebook and Skype), education (UP Open University and UVLe) and information (news websites, blogs, etc.)
In journalism school, we are trained to be innovative and flexible in adapting to the needs of our audience and in employing various media platforms. Perhaps two of the strengths of UP’s journalism program are how it (1) employs practicing journalists who are in the know of the current trends in the industry and (2) requires students to undergo an internship program.
Being practicing journalists themselves, professors can covey up-to-date information, develop in their students the needed skills for the profession, and share real-life encounters. Additionally, being an intern for a news organization, students face the “real” world – which their classes have supposedly prepared them for. Developing a student’s needed skills for the profession is given priority over feeding him/her with (soon-to-be) obsolete data.