Under the heading The Future Journalist: Thoughts from Two Generations, Columbia Journalism School professor Sree Sreenivasan and student Vadim Lavrusik have recorded and posted a conversation at the Mashable group blog. I’m hoping it will reassure my students that their “older generation” journalism faculty are still pointing them toward useful things.
Sree is hardly an “older generation” journalist, if you think that means an ink-stained wretch in a green eyeshade and garters to keep his cuffs clean. I wonder if he ever had his byline set in hot type? In any case, he knows what he’s talking about.
Now Columbia’s dean of students, Sree has been on top of new media developments for the past 10 years, while Vadim has impressive credentials as an adopter of new social media tools — and both have self-promotional skills that it may take to get ahead in 21st century professional/citizen (and amateur/citizen) journalism.
Both also seem to agree on a big paragraph headed “The Fundamentals Are Critical”:
Despite the importance of technology, it’s the fundamentals of journalism that are still critical. The fundamentals include: great reporting and writing, journalistic ethics, specialization by topic or beat, investigative skills, news judgment. Also invaluable, critical thinking and critical reading…
I’ll stop quoting there and let you go read the whole page, watch the video, browse through the comments and add your own. Alas, my snowbound home computer won’t play the video, so I’ll save my own comments for a better connection.
I’m assuming their post will get a discussion growing, unless the Mashable readers with journalism interests are already worn out. Vadim’s essay on 8 Must-Have Traits for Tomorrow’s Journalist generated more than 70 comments at Mashable last month.