The Skills You Will Need
Like all media professions, the most fundamental skills required for new media journalists are good reporting, writing and editing. The "new" journalist must also understand the capabilities and aesthetics of new media. In other words, he or she has to be able to think in unconventional ways for non-linear communication.
- A comfort for using the computer to go on line, to navigate the Internet and the World Wide Web.
- The "new" journalist is required to have and use an E-mail address, to know how to transfer files electronically, as well as maintaining his or her own Web site.
- Although the development of software tools for Web design make production easier, it is important to have some knowledge of and capabilities for HTML.
The following is a sample of requirements and preferred skills that were published by new media employers as gathered in 1996 in Pavlik's report:
Jobs in new media journalism are generally better paid compared to traditional news organizations, according to Pavlik. Many postings indicate that salaries typically begin in the mid-$30,000's to $40,000's in the larger markets.
- Two to five years experience in journalism - print or broadcast.
- Experience on a major on-line service facility with HTML and World Wide Web site design.
- Strong attention to details.
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, solid experience with PC and MS Office.
- Experience in business journalism
- At least two years experience as sports editor/writer in newspaper or magazine industry, fantasy sports knowledge.
- Exceptionally motivated individuals, strong interest in news, and
- Knowledge of personal computers and World Wide Web.
- Industrious reporter who will aggressively pursue original stories, experience in computer reporting.
- Submit resume via E-mail.
For more information about Pavlik and his work with the Center for New Media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism visit the center's site.
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