I have this conversation with painful regularity with journalists, some old friends, some new ones, in varying states of transmogrification from old school to new. How do I take what I DO know, value  what I know,  but build on it with all of the bells and whistles I NEED to know to keep/get employment.

I’m still shedding my own skin with this work even though I’m teaching it as I learn it. One of the key people in this field who has the magical ability to learn it, do it, teach it and write about it beautifully and accessibly is Mindy McAdams.  I’m a fanatic about her work and the way she presents it. She’s generous beyond belief as she pushes ahead, shouting back to us all about what works and what doesn’t.

No matter what your interest or position, goal or ambition, her work has something crucial for you to learn.

(For the record, I don’t know her. I’ve never met her. I’m just one of many crazed fans.)

Check it out:

Everything Mindy McAdams writes is essential to read if you’re interested in New Media in any format.

http://mindymcadams.com/tojou/2009/rgmp-2-start-a-blog/

Here’s Mindy’s Reporters Guide to Multimedia:

http://mindymcadams.com/tojou/2009/reporters-guide-to-multimedia-proficiency-part-1/

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Just What are They Teaching Future Journalists?

asked 10,000Words.net

Friday, December 26, 2008

One of the biggest complaints about modern journalism schools is aren’t equipping the next wave of journalists with the skills they need to compete in today’s newsrooms. So what are they teaching students? The online course description for several J-schools were run through Wordle. Here are the results.

http://www.10000words.net/2008/12/just-what-are-they-teaching-future.html