Janet Kolodzy attended a convergence conference last fall at Brigham Young University where local editors described the kind of skills they wanted in new reporters. Kolodzy, an assistant professor of journalism at Emerson College in Boston, said that in addition to the usual Big Three — writing, reporting and critical thinking skills — the editors said they wanted multimedia skills.
For some time now, many U.S. newspapers and television stations have had some kind of online presence. At a minimum, those sites have reflected the content from the newspaper or broadcast; in many cases, reporters file separate stories specifically tailored to the Web.
In the spring of 2001, Jeff Porter walked down what might charitably pass for a street in what might loosely be called a community nestled in Arkansas’ part of the Mississippi River Delta. Walking through the grass sprouting on the dirt road, he slipped by one shack, and then another, occasionally peering in through the broken or loose boards at what should have been – 10 years after a significant increase in federal funding – a much better place to live.
When Valerie Banner saw the letter from The (Portland) Oregonian, the junior at Youngstown State University figured it was just another rejection letter in her quest for a summer internship. She didn’t realize it was really a sign of the times.
It was the silence that drew her attention. As Leslie-Jean Thornton showed her class an example of an interactive infographic – a map indicating terrorist training camps in the Middle East – she glanced to the side and saw a student falling apart.