September 23, 2008

Journalism fundamentals still key, editor says

The new crop of journalists needs to have the latest multimedia skills, a newspaper editor advises. But, more importantly, they need to know the fundamentals: critical thinking and fairness.

"The best thing an aspiring journalist can do is learn about audience needs and become an expert in numerous multimedia applications – video, web programming, etc.," Stu Shinske, executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, recently told

"The key, however, is the ability to analytically think….they need to know how to distill information quickly, think on their feet, ask the right questions at the right time, and learn how to check personal preferences, biases and agendas at the door. Their skills will mean nothing if they’re not, first and foremost, objective…"

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-Mark Grabowski

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an intern at a paper that is kicking and screaming its way into the multimedia world. Even my fellow interns don't want to learn about multimedia.

When I say that to close friends, they envision a newsroom filled with old men and women who look like apes when trying to turn on a computer. The reporters and editors there are almost all under 30.

Many of my peers see this as a crutch, but thanks to forward-thinking journalists like you, I see it as an opportunity.

I will be the first person to introduce multimedia to the papers outdated website, whether they ask for it or not, and I'm a lowly, unpaid intern.

Thank you so much for reassuring my efforts, because sometimes I wonder if it's truly worth all the heartache.

November 11, 2008 at 12:36 AM  
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November 11, 2008 at 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad my comments were inspirational. If you're interested in any opportunities at the Poughkeepsie Journal, feel free to reach out to me. Thanks. Stu Shinske, executive editor

January 6, 2009 at 10:27 PM  

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