IJIE member Asbjorn Slot Jorgensen (Danish School of Media and Journalism, DMJX) presented his paper ‘Adapt or die – teaching swiss-knife journalism’ at the “JEANZ 2014 – State of the Industry annual conference. The event was held at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) on December 4 and 5, 2014.

In his presentation, Jorgensen delved into the key findings of the IJIE project. More precisely, he addressed the core dilemmas facing the teaching of cross-media journalistic work that have emerged from the national reports and comparative report, documents produced within the research. Those include: (1) the multi-skilling/de-skilling schism; (2) the diverse tech-savvy among journalists and (3) the constant restructuring of journalism education.

In his talk, Jorgensen also shed light on central recommendations from the IJIE project, such as the following:

  • We seriously need mobile thinking in our curricula.
  • The market demands highly specialised experts and fast-working generalists; and nothing in-between.
  • There is an urgent need for updating ethics codes and teaching practices, with regards to changes in the way we collect, assess, and disseminate story elements.
  • Journalists must master cross-media platforms, and must also possess collaborative skills.
  • Entrepreneurial skills are needed while a new media industry is taking over from legacy media.
  • Journalists must speak the language of the IT experts; coding is a candidate for journalism curricula.

Xavier Ramon

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