Technology has made it possible to produce an entire article from the palm of your hand with a click-worthy headline and tweetable content. Countless professionals have continually told me that my (millennial) generation can’t specialize in just one particular medium anymore like professionals did 20 years ago. We’re supposed to be one-man bands.
This is a little troubling for me. While I love writing and photography, my talents as a videographer aren’t as strong as I’d like them to be. Recent journalism graduates and current students don’t always have the time or opportunity to learn different technologies and specialties while in school. A lot of schools are struggling with trying to integrate these lessons into their curricula, so those of us with freshly earned bachelor’s degrees are scrambling to pick up extra skills in our spare time.
It’s a multimedia world, so by the time graduation rolls around students’ resumes should include skills in photography, videography, Photoshop, Soundslides, html coding and more. The problem isn’t that we aren’t willing to learn all of these skills; it’s that these courses can’t be squeezed into a mere four years of college. And journalism jobs often don’t pay enough for the extra cost of attending graduate school to further our education. My school had one photojournalism class and one multimedia journalism class that was only started a couple of years ago. The rest of the courses I was expected to take were on different writing styles, principles and ethics. Photoshop was a class meant for those in advertising and marketing. Videography was for the film majors, photography for the fine arts majors, and coding for all seven of the computer science majors.