Media people who feel smug because they have a Twitter handle, an about.me page, and 500 friends on Facebook often seem to think there is something magical about their ability to navigate social media. There’s not. Social media is easy to use, the barrier to entry is almost zero, and it’s not at all impressive in the larger realm of what constitutes “new journalism,” or whatever it is we’re supposed to call journalism that involves the use of Big Data and interactive infographics.

Journalism skills, however – those antiquated intangibles that fusty old out-of-touch Columbia tries to teach – are non-trivial. Journalists have to be able to not only write, but to also process and synthesize complicated ideas in a short time, structure narratives, master the art of interviewing, take notes really fast, self edit, research in places where others don’t think to look, speak truth to power, ask ballsy questions that might otherwise get their teeth smacked in, construct arguments, dismantle other arguments, see through bullshit, and think on their feet. You can learn those things by yourself through hard work and experience, but it’ll take more than 40 seconds.

Hamish McKenzie, PandoDaily, So Columbia Journalism School’s new dean doesn’t Tweet. So what?

FJP: We’d argue that Twitter and this overall social media thing takes more than 40 seconds to learn but Hamish’s argument against Michael Wolff’s criticism of the Columbia J-School — and its appointment of Steve Coll as its dean — is well worth the read.

Bonus: Jihii Jolly’s Why I’m Paying for J-School.

120 notes

Show

  1. trexcommentary reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  2. ruderoots reblogged this from ashleybethard
  3. nothingbutrandom reblogged this from preludity
  4. preludity reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  5. breathelifeintoastone reblogged this from thejetsetgentleman
  6. 0ldhag reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  7. greenlinechillin reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  8. jeremycunningham reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  9. jenninsandiego reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  10. thatparticularmoment reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  11. mediastaunching reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  12. rebelcompass reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  13. rachelcstella reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  14. failedfuturist reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  15. blackadiaphane reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  16. curiousiko reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  17. mycursedlips reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
  18. noahfish reblogged this from futurejournalismproject

Blog comments powered by Disqus