At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it’s clear that the technology journalism boom has arrived, but education hasn’t caught up.
So, Clyde Bentley write on Mediashift (“your guide to the digital media revolution”), that “Technology Journalism: The Jobs Are There; the Journalists Are Not“.
If journalism is a profession in trouble, you would never know it from the newsroom at the Mobile World Congress.
It’s hard to find one of the 500 seats in the newsroom empty as journalists from around the world file stories for specialty newspapers, websites and blogs. Unfortunately, few journalism schools can boast about placing their alums here.
Technology journalism is booming.
“There are lots of jobs out there,” said Kerry Davis, a recent M.A. grad from the University of Maryland. “But I don’t know anyone out there teaching people how to do it.”
Davis is an experienced broadcast journalist hired by IDG News Service when it wanted to expand into multimedia coverage. She is enjoying her success, even though “some of what they say goes right over my head.”
Read all: Technology Journalism: The Jobs Are There; the Journalists Are Not, by Clyde Bentley, March 1, 2012.
Link to Mobile World Congress, Barcelona (27 February – 1 March 2012).
The author, Clyde Bentley, is an associate professor in print and digital news at the Missouri School of Journalism and was a 2010 fellow to the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. He worked for 25 years in the newspaper industry before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 2000. Bentley also studied at the Poynter Institute, the University of Texas and the American Press Institute before joining the Missouri School of Journalism in 2001. His research focuses on citizen journalism, emerging technologies in journalism and the habits, preferences and comfort levels of digital media consumers.