Just a couple of notices regarding journalism skills to be got in the real world, not just the virtual.
Stanford University School of Engineering are offering a free online course “Introduction to Databases“. I am signing up for it and I suggest you do too. There is a branch of data journalism known as database journalism. They have been resigned to the world of B2B journalism, maintaining their databases for use as their main revenue source. I believe database skills are going to come in handy for mainstream journalists and understanding databases is the key to unlocking your data journalism skills. And it’s free! This may not work well in the virtual world but I suggest forming study groups with other like-minded folk.
A documentary coming out 23rd September called “Page One” follows a year at the New York Times and chronicles the impact of new media on the newsroom. Invite potential study buddies to watch it and fool them into thinking they’ll have fun. Here’s the trailer:
An article titled “Editors: ‘Traditional skills more important than new media’” in the Press Gazette today shows how little ‘editors’ understand what new media is. New media is a not a reporting tool, it is a platform. Of course using new media should never be high on a list of priorities for journalistic skills. New media is not a ‘thing’ to be learnt like interview skills and video shooting. New media ia a medium where skills are applied. So by using new media you’re not learning new media but learning to apply skills without relying on the slim chance of being employed in a traditional newsroom. The modern journalism CV should not have “I can use Twitter and Facebook” on it but your CV should be online links to what you have done, along with the audience you have reached through fostering your own news platform. New media is an opportunity to show what traditional skills you have applied to the real world. That is why it is so important.