On Embracing Technology, or, Being a Young Journalist
By: Tom Naples, Guest Gen J Blogger
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it’s like being a young journalist and embarking on a journalism career. I have an internship, I write and edit for a local weekly, and I Tweet obsessively. So what? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of others out there just like me, against whom I’ll be competing for entry-level jobs at a declining number of publications and news outlets.
I just stumbled across this Atlantic Wire piece titled “What Do Young Journalists Have to Worry About?” The answer–technology. I take exception to this because I believe technology, especially social media, is the future of journalism and, as a young journalist, it’s my responsibility to embrace it. This past week’s #muckedup chat (recap here) addressed the future of journalism and the running theme was that technology and social media are it. With the rising popularity of platforms like Storify, RebelMouse, and Storination (the latter two are still in beta; disclaimer: I’m still figuring these platforms out) I can’t help but see journalism heading in this direction.
So, how can young journalists like myself set ourselves apart? By embracing technology. By networking with other young journalists and asking lots of questions of older ones. Here’s a list of suggestions for recent J-School graduates from Nieman Lab.
What’s next for me? Well, I’m graduating in December, so I’ll be applying to jobs and j-school soon.
I’m building a list of young journos on Twitter, check it out here.
What do you think about technology and the future of journalism? Please, Tweet me or comment below.
This post was first published on Tom’s website: http://thomasnaples.com/.
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