Advantages, Disadvantages to Student Media Digital Experimentation: My Response to Steve Buttry Report

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Student journalists need to start experimenting with digital storytelling more often, more comprehensively, and more boldly, according to Steve Buttry. In a new post for Nieman Journalism Lab, the news innovation guru (whose perspectives I’m really starting to enjoy) contends that “student media have advantages that professional media don’t in experimenting in their pursuit of digital-first prosperity.” Below is Buttry’s complete list of cited advantages, along with my instant analysis of their validity– including the realities and disadvantages that need to be recognized.