Sunday, October 22, 2006

Have training, will travel

Journalists are always complaining about inadequate training.

We get laptop computers, digital recorders and other gadgets shoved in our face moments before we head out to comb our beats for soundbites or file our stories remotely. We are forced to become Jacks and Jills of all trade: navigating our way through court cases, budget spreadsheets and other new territories.

Now there's help.

Enter News University.

I found out about this program in the Summer of 2005, when I spent a summer at the world leader in journalism training. Not to be on Poynter's jock, but the NewsU site is a great training resource for journos - new and experienced alike. When I was moved from the municipal beat to the public safety beat a few months ago, I took a course online here about covering cops and courts. Months prior, when I first got to Rhode Island, I took the course on covering a community.

The site offers online courses in design/graphics, diversity, editing, leadership, newspapers, multimedia, photojournalism, reporting, and writing. Use the site to hone up on skills you can use for your current job, or take some courses outside of your specialty to give yourself a broader journalistic foundation.

Each lesson is presented in multimedia chapters and is self-paced, so you can work through the classes in between stories or while you're waiting on hold.


All you have to do is register.

Posted by T Dot at 10:21 AM | link

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