Journalism 2.0: Old and New Frontiers

Posted on May 16, 2013


I’m headed these next two days for a step back and a step forward in time.

Tonight I am headed to the Founders Day dinner from the Society of Professional Journalists Central Ohio Chapter, where we will have dinner, listen to former journalist-turned-legislator Mike Curtin, and engage in a silent auction to benefit the chapter, which has shrinking membership and struggles to stay relevant in today’s media.

Tomorrow I will move from student to veteran as part of the next iTunesU Boot Camp being put on by Ohio State’s Digital First initiative.

I am still immersed in iTunes U, as I get ready to flip my Comm 2221 News Writing classroom and am in the midst of creating an iBook to support all of my classes that utilize interviewing (which is all of my classes). I am also anxiously awaiting word on a grant for which I have applied to put iPads in that News Writing classroom, so students can report, record, shoot and edit all on the iPad platform. The more writing I do, the more I see the iPad as my greatest single tool, and the more I believe it can and will transform how we teach our students.

When I join the SPJ endeavors, I see dedicated journalists who are striving to maintain their place in the ever-changing world, and I admire them more than I can write.

When I join my Digital First friends, I see the new frontier, as we use technology to boldly go where we need to go now–digitally, immediately, creatively.

What we need to see is how to join both worlds–successfully–together.


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