“Tech” and other skills media folks need in the age of the Web

Journalists, editors, and writers may not need to know how to make software or assemble and maintain hardware, but the rise of the Internet and related technology has made it necessary for media folk to “get into tech.”  There’s much to learn about distribution platforms as well as modes of content-sharing and content ownership brought about by the Web that was not anticipated by the old journalism or mass communication curricula; there may be a bit of catching-up to do. This is not to say, though, that “classic” editorial skills are out the window.  Specialized skills remain valued and valuable through time. Like other professionals, those in media just need to understand and manage changes in the world and career environment that are taking place.


Original image: “Social Media Apps” by Jason Howie on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) license.

Original image: “Social Media Apps” by Jason Howie on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) license.


Here’s what our week’s favorites have to say on these themes:


  •  Journalism schools should equip future media practitioners with the right skills to “work intelligently on platforms that will carry their work,” says Cindy Royal, Texas State University professor. If you’re into media and would like to find out if you are “tech” enough, check out Ms. Royal’s 10-question checklist with links to resources — books and other readings included — that you should know about.


  • Is journalism at its twilight or new dawn? Catch up on the latest research in the field, including the Picard study that discusses how newer media institutions are “creating new mechanisms of power and a new class of elites influencing content.”



  • If you’re a writer dreading an editor’s “eagle eyes,” breathe easy.  An editor is just a colleague who is there to help you “get it right.”  Notes from editor Jim Dempsey and writer John Kaag.



Ditto is a fortnightly selection of stories on publishing, media, communications, and topics that concern editorial professionals from the most credible sources on the Web. We hope to educate young professional writers and editors about industry standards, breakthroughs, and trends, among other things. Usually, you’ll find news and commentaries in here, but from time to time, we also feature tweets, visuals, games, freebies, and other fun but useful stuff that caught our eye.


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