Words

One of the faculty members of the print and digital sequence at the J-School spoke to our class for two minutes. He gave one bit of advice – skill sets is what is important to be a newspaper reporter. He got me thinking of the various ways journalism has changed over the years. From simple words and maybe a few pictures, reporting has changed to info-graphics, videos, live-blogging, web-interactions, etcetera. There is so much more to being a journalist than just being able to write. The professor told us as reporters, we had to think about info-grahics, data visualizations, design and multimedia.

I spent a big chunk of Thursday browsing the internet for what the journalists themselves had to say about being a journalist of the 21st century. These are some of the gems (at least, I think so) I found:

1. 25 essential skills for student journalists

http://collegemediamatters.com/2012/06/22/25-essential-skills-for-student-journalists-in-2012/

2. Tips and tricks of visual storytelling by photojournalist Bethany Swain

http://itsalljournalism.com/photojournalist-bethany-swain-on-tricks-and-tips-for-visual-storytelling/

3. Gene Weingarten, a Pulitzer-prize winner (twice), on how to be a journalist

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/04/AR2009120403231.html

4. Lessons learnt from Wall Street, but they apply to any profession.

http://www.blackstone.com/news-views/blackstone-blog/blackstone’s-byron-wien-discusses-lessons-learned-in-his-first-80-years

5. 22 rules for journalists.

http://bobmannblog.com/2013/03/05/22-rules-for-journalists/

6. Proof that sometimes a conversation is the best kind of interview than a Q&A

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/mila-kunis-participates-in-the-best-interview-ever

7. Hearing vs. Listening. Personally, the last five paragraphs are the most important. Go ahead and read the entire article though; it makes for a thoughtful read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/opinion/sunday/why-listening-is-so-much-more-than-hearing.html?_r=2&

8. Missourian editor Tom Warhover’s reporting and writing tips (also updated every so often).

http://spring13advancedreporting.wordpress.com/toms-notes/

PS: This list will be updated every so often.

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