The future of journalism – a wee bit of crowdsourcing

This weekend I’ll be heading back to the student paper I used to edit many moons ago. They’re getting a few of their more successful alumni, plus myself, back in for a day to give a mixture of training and presentations on how to get into journalism and where the media is going.

So, in true social media style, I thought I’d do a quick bit of crowdsourcing (I’ll also be asking on Twitter and, if a get a moment at home, Seesmic) and ask for your thoughts on this.

The question is broad but simple: What advice would you give to aspiring young journalists looking to get a foothold in the industry in this day and age?

Hopefully it’ll inspire a new generation of journalists to get using social media and the like to generate stories and interact with their readers / listeners / viewers. Either that or they’ll all be so Web 2.0 that they’ll start throwing shoes and rotten fruit at me as I bore them hell out of them.

Your thoughts on this: ready, set GO

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4 Responses to “The future of journalism – a wee bit of crowdsourcing”


  1. 1 Adam Tinworth February 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Get their own blog, and practice, practice, practice.

    You can experiment with video, audio, photos and words with virtually no cost. If you have a passion for journalism, you should be doing it now, in public, on your blog.

    Musicians perform gigs before they get contracts. You should, too.

  2. 2 Gary Andrews February 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks Adam. Great stuff, as ever.


  1. 1 Journalists of the future « Gary Andrews Trackback on February 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm
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