In the space of three weeks I have changed my very stagnant site into a photoblog, and have begun writing this blog alongside it. I was, and to a degree I still am, terrified of writing posts in blog form – the onus is on me to create posts in a community where there are already established blogs with much better content. Print journalism is much easier to contend with – especially in dealing with someone face to face, the majority of interaction with this blog so far has been the wordpress stats page.
I am coming to the end of my undergraduate in Journalism and have faced very little writing for web, and nothing about blogs, citizen journalism/commentary or web 2.0. Anything that has been published online was originally written for print and re-used by the publisher. There has been a large oversight in the course I attended on web-specific content and writing for web. (Not to dissuade anyone from taking the course, it has been a very interesting and excellent experience with very dedicated and genuine teaching staff.) The course and staff, one-part academics, the other practicing journalists, can only reflect the industry – where a large majority of media organisations have yet to establish a web specific staff/editor.
I am not arguing that all media organisations should suddenly start hiring journalists and editors for online content, but that for a soon-to-be graduate of journalism I have had very little experience with online writing. If the industry is changing so dramatically, why are students only being taught traditional methods?
picture perfect: photoblogs.org