What are the key digital skills for those entering journalism?


As well as the fundamental, and more traditional skills, expected of any journalist, many editors today may also look for some level of digital literacy and evidence of online engagement skills from job applicants.

So in this week's podcast we speak to online and digital editors, directors and executive producers at national and regional titles, in broadcast, online-only and b2b environments, to find out what they would expect, and be impressed by, from those just starting out.

We hear from:

  • Alison Gow, editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Regionals
  • Cate Sevilla, homepage editor, BuzzFeed UK
  • John Barnes, managing director for digital and technology, Incisive Media
  • Anna Doble, head of online, Channel 4 News
  • Jon DiPaulo, executive producer, SkyNews.com

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What gaming can teach journalists about digital storytelling

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How online publishers use quizzes to engage around topical stories

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Emerging opportunities in digital journalism

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Posted by Alastair Reid on 21/02/14

'More than just your phone': Mobile-first thinking for news outlets

Mobile editors and experts from news organisations including The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal share their tips for mobile-first strategy and engagement

Posted by Abigail Edge on 14/02/14

How news outlets are engaging with the Snapchat community

A look at how a number of news outlets are starting to use Snapchat to share images and short video with the app's community

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 07/02/14

New tools and techniques for newsgathering

Social media has played an increasingly important role in how journalists find stories and sources for news. But how can journalists make the most of these platforms and what other possible tools and techniques are emerging that journalists can use for newsgathering?

Posted by Alastair Reid on 31/01/14

Top tips for better community engagement

Community managers from The Times, The New York Times, Metro and The Daily Post share their tips for better audience engagement

Posted by Abigail Edge on 24/01/14

Using video to deliver context and meaning around the news

A look at the approaches taken by two UK newsrooms in producing short videos which offer context beyond the headlines

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 17/01/14

Wearable computing and the future of journalism

Early adopters of wearable computers and technology experts discuss what effect wearables may have on journalism

Posted by Alastair Reid on 10/01/14

Predictions: Digital journalism trends in 2014

Industry experts share their predictions for digital journalism in 2014

Posted by Abigail Edge on 20/12/13

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