5 Digital Skills Every Journalist Should Have
How to stay relevant in a changing industry
December 10, 2012
As journalists, we are used to asking hard-hitting questions and writing up engaging prose. But, in the age of technology and the Internet, we need to know a few more tools in order to stay relevant and appeal to tech-savvy audiences. Simply tweeting or putting a collage on Pinterest isn't enough -- reporters must also leverage those technologies to stay ahead of the curve.
"[Journalists] are increasingly being required to take away from time doing actual reporting to do a million other things like community building... promoting their stories... and so they will be required to engage in some of that stuff," said Menachem Wecker, a Virginia-based education reporter at U.S. News & World Report.
So, whether you're looking for a new gig or just trying to keep your existing one, here are a handful of skills you absolutely, positively, without a doubt should have in your arsenal (and on your resume). Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
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