If you are a journalism teacher you better get with the digital progression of multimedia, or you are inevitably going to lose the battle.
Gone are the days of waiting for the daily newspaper, or the nightly news on television for our only means of news. News is being delivered via social media every minute of every day. You know this, I know this but what does this mean to us as journalism educators?
It means we need to know how to teach these kids to be journalists, at the same time, teach them how to sort through and process the 24/7 information overload.
So, how do we do this? It is my belief that we need to know how to sort through all of the media ourselves. We cannot be afraid of cameras, microphones, editing software and social media just to name a few. We need to immerse ourselves in the digital world of journalism world in order to teach it. With this course, it is just one step closer to exposing ourselves to this medium.
As teachers of journalism, I believe that to succeed in multimedia journalism we have to practice it ourselves. Exposure and use of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other sites will give us the confidence we need to support our students.
Journalism is changing rapidly but one skill that is always constant and remains generally the same is reporting skills. Journalists need to be inquisitive. They need to gather the who, what, when, where, why and how information. This skill will never change. The major thing that changes today is HOW journalists process and produce all of this information.
What I teach at Faith Lutheran High School, is the one-man-band approach. I let my students know that they have to be ready to produce a multimedia piece, especially when they graduate college and work in the “real-world”. They will need to be able to shoot, edit, write, report and use social media as a platform. Our site is http://www.crusaderchronicle.com .
With this course, teaching multimedia I feel like I will learn essential areas such as photojournalism, blog spots and other resourceful tools that will help me better equip myself. By the end of the semester, I will continue to progress in the digital world so that my students can as well.