September 3, 2008 Leave a comment
The technological divide that exists between the classroom/lecture-hall and the newsroom is one of the greatest challenges we face as young journalists.
The phenomenon of social and new media seems to be adopted perfunctorily in news rooms, I mean you will find good connectivity, superb hardware but the usage of the social/new media tools is next to nil.
In journalism school you get the idea that if you do not get onto the social media train you might as well be waiting for it on the tracks to run you down. If like me you read Jay Rosen a lot then you be aware of the cuts that traditional news rooms have to undertake.
Now the whole disconnect is when you get into the news room, mentions of twitter elicits blank stares, an explanation does worse. You start to wonder if truly social media is what it is made out to be. But at the back of you mind you know that it is.
You know that the future of newspapers is online but the news room itself does not seem to realize this. Even with journalists losing jobs daily, the message does not seem to hit home. Even to the point that displaying tech-phobia is some sort of honor badge among the ‘veterans’.
Funny thing is that when you turn in a report fast enough you now get questions of how you did, then unofficially you become the in-house trainer. It is for this reason that I think things are looking up, that in time we will take our place in this new digital newsroom though it would be better if it happened a bit faster.
This is cross-posted at the Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists blog