Digital content development should be a core subject in Journalism qualifications. Whether digital should be part of anything that resembles producing new media practitioners is no longer debatable. It is imperative for every journalism qualification to include a course in digital media.
The advent of cell phones and the Internet has revolutionized news consumption. News is increasingly becoming paperless as time evolves. There are some who argue, with reason too, that newspapers are fast making way for the digital or online access to news. Simply put, cell phones combined with social media platforms such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, e-books, YouTube, citizen journalism etcetera, have brought news to a mere click of a button.
Digital media is the future, and students planning a career in journalism would be incomplete practitioners without this vital tool. It is no longer enough to expect students to have an ordinary man’s knowledge of digital media. They need in-depth training on how to develop digital media so they can know how to make use of it.
Equally importantly, the new media graduates must understand legislation that governs digital media to avoid falling foul with the law. This has brought news to just a click away, but it still must operate within the confines of media law.
According to Mulinblog, journalism students lack in comparison with digital training for working professionals. Journalism schools, on the other hand, face obstacles to offering similar training that can better prepare their students for a digital career.
A survey report by the Knights Foundation states that Journalism schools face obstacles to offer similar trainings which can better prepare their students for a digital career.
In conclusion, digital media skills give journalism students an advantage to flourish in their careers.
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