What is a fully converged journalist? By Ed Walker
What one isn't? <ul><li>Writing a print story and then having it automatically fed into a website by a computer system </l...
What one could be <ul><li>Not sure we have a full definition yet </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who can do a bit of everything ...
The newsgathering side <ul><li>     - Talk to people, get out there and meet people (keep a Google Docs contact book) </li...
Writing <ul><li>Forget multimedia for a moment, let's get the words right: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>     - Qu...
Pictures <ul><li>Able to take a decent photo </li></ul><ul><li>Always need to be thinking about photos when story developi...
Video & Audio <ul><li>  Comfortable shooting and editing video on their own </li></ul><ul><li>     - It's not easy, need d...
Extra elements <ul><li>Data and mapping </li></ul><ul><li>     - It's exciting. Get the data and make it mean something, e...
My stab at definition? <ul><li>Ultimately, someone who understands how to tell the story across many media. Can write a 30...
Me <ul><li>My blog - www.edwalker.net </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter - @ed_walker86 </li></ul><ul><li>Email - ed.walker@mediawa...
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What is a fully converged journalist?

  1. 1. What is a fully converged journalist? By Ed Walker
  2. 2. What one isn't? <ul><li>Writing a print story and then having it automatically fed into a website by a computer system </li></ul><ul><li>Having no web presence </li></ul><ul><li>Not engaging in a conversation </li></ul>
  3. 3. What one could be <ul><li>Not sure we have a full definition yet </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who can do a bit of everything </li></ul><ul><li>Understands how to tell a story across different media </li></ul><ul><li>Gets off their arse and out of the office </li></ul>
  4. 4. The newsgathering side <ul><li>    - Talk to people, get out there and meet people (keep a Google Docs contact book) </li></ul><ul><li>   - Email tips </li></ul><ul><li>        - People seem to like emailing me about stuff, not as scary as the phone </li></ul><ul><li>     - Twitter/Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>        - Searchable for topics/locations     - Creating your local wire (using RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>        - Subscribe to feeds and aggregate for a constant rolling 'what's new'     - Google Alerts </li></ul><ul><li>        - Quick and easy to setup, goldmine of monitoring </li></ul>
  5. 5. Writing <ul><li>Forget multimedia for a moment, let's get the words right: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>    - Quick publish via Twitter/Blog </li></ul><ul><li>        - This can help get people interested in story, give a comment     - Using long-form on the web </li></ul><ul><li>        - Only made downpage? Well it can make 600 words on the web     - Don't forget print </li></ul><ul><li>        - Distribution huge, but make print include call to action </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pictures <ul><li>Able to take a decent photo </li></ul><ul><li>Always need to be thinking about photos when story developing </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking beyond the 'one shot and it's done' - people like to see slideshows </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a big picture? Can we get something impressive from this and blow it up big on the website </li></ul><ul><li>User-pics, always have an eye for people taking their own photos. Ask to share. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Video & Audio <ul><li>  Comfortable shooting and editing video on their own </li></ul><ul><li>    - It's not easy, need decent kit, need to do it, do it again and again </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Can present and see opportunities for audio/video </li></ul><ul><li>    - Spending review, did Welsh Politics podcast with two colleagues, had 8,000 listens. I'm not an expert, but they are. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Extra elements <ul><li>Data and mapping </li></ul><ul><li>    - It's exciting. Get the data and make it mean something, either visually or in a map. </li></ul><ul><li>    - No different to newspaper infographics, just quicker, easier </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Wales as a nation lends itself to data mapping:         - Welsh lang map/identity, people go nuts! </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>- Comfortable using a smartphone to assist journalism, tweeting, providing links, file copy </li></ul>
  9. 9. My stab at definition? <ul><li>Ultimately, someone who understands how to tell the story across many media. Can write a 300 word splash, with backgrounder, expanded version for online with embedded multimedia (e.g. map) and edit video package. Sometimes all on one story, other times on many and crucially all within a matter of hours. Maybe that's convergence? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Me <ul><li>My blog - www.edwalker.net </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter - @ed_walker86 </li></ul><ul><li>Email - ed.walker@mediawales.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Phone - 02920 24 3648 </li></ul>

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