25 Essential Skills for Student Journalists in 2012

I am blogging this morning from The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., site of Teachapalooza 2012.  The three-day workshop is a journalistic call-to-arms for professionals and j-profs interested in brushing up on their skills, mastering new platforms, and reenergizing their work, teaching, and curricula.

In the opening session, Poynter gurus Al Tompkins and Vicki Krueger laid out a bevy of skills that student journalists MUST know upon graduation– beyond simply learning the latest program or what Tompkins called “the next shiny new thing.”

The list below is a grab bag of skills– and mindsets– that Tompkins and Krueger described as essential, along with those suggested by the roughly 60 Teachapalooza attendees, those shared by j-professionals in surveys presented to us via PowerPoint, and a few left out that I feel are worthy of inclusion.

25 Essential Skills for Today’s J-Student

News judgment

Reporting basics

News writing

Storytelling

Critical thinking

Knowledge of world affairs & current events curiosity

Journalism ethics

Media law

Entrepreneurial journalism

Data journalism

Photojournalism & slideshows

Video

Audio

Mapping & geotagging

Real-time reporting

Documents & records utilization

Social media engagement

Blogging & web writing

Mobile & backpack journalism

Software & techie equipment

Web coding & design

SEO & audience building

Collaboration & crowdsourcing

Flexibility, learning how to learn & learning to fail

Passion for journalism

Please let me know, politely: What skills should be added to this list???  Depending on their merits, I will add them immediately.

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11 Responses to “25 Essential Skills for Student Journalists in 2012”
  1. mulinblog says:

    Interesting list. I have been surveying how multimedia journalism is being integrated to journalism programs in U.S.; I should say at least one third of the 25 skills have not been (adequately) incorporated in the current journalism education. The survey can be found at http://www.mulinblog.com/multimedia-journalism-programs/

  2. Karma says:

    Empathy is essencial slill for a journalist today. Think about engaging with the audiences and the sources or the crowdsourcing…
    Good list

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