New Media and Journalism Education:
Preparing the Next Generation
In journalism, no matter how much the world changes, some things should never change, among them, checking facts rigorously; relying on reputable, known sources; presenting facts impartially; asking tough questions; and adhering to the highest ethical standards. But some things must change, or will inevitably change, for better or worse, things like the tools of the modern journalist. In today's e-world, the tools of modern journalism are being transformed in a fundamental way in five broad areas: (1) news gathering and reporting; (2) information storage, indexing, and retrieval, especially multimedia content; (3) processing, production, and editorial; (4) distribution or publishing; and (5) presentation, display, and access. These functions are frequently intertwined and integrated into single technical devices. For example, Nokia of Finland is investing in a Silicon Valley startup company to integrate GPS technology into the next generation of cellular telephones.
This chapter provides a brief conceptual roadmap to the new media landscape and speculates on some of the implications of new media for journalism and mass communication (JMC) education. It also examines some of the key resources and issues relevant to JMC educators attempting to keep up with the ever-changing new media scene and provides a technology checklist for those planning or upgrading new media JMC educational facilities.