In class Discussion 9/24/16

In class on September 19th we discussed the pyramid of competences. The pyramid is made up of factors that influence and make up journalism. In an article by Poynter Institute, it is stated that before we can figure out what to teach, we need to understand (in the public interest) what journalist need to learn in order to be a successful journalist. The pyramid of competence is a structure made up of ten concepts such as judgement, story telling, evidence, critical thinking, audio visuals, technology, numeracy, civics, culture, and mission and purpose. All of these concepts tie together and create a foundation that is an important focus for a journalist to practice. As we discussed in class, we studied how the world of journalism is constantly changing, as is technology. A question asked in class was could anybody be a journalist in today’s world because of all the access to technology we have? Do we even need journalist now a days since everyone can stay connected through a simple app such as twitter? As stated in the Poynter Institute article, technology undergirds changing forms of journalism and acts as a force that changes society for better and worse, thus demanding coverage in the news itself. My answer to the question asked in class about whether or not anyone can be a journalist is no. Yes, anyone can post information about news, however to be a credible competent journalist, one needs to know the knowledge that helps them to be prepared to work successfully in any type of environment and news platforms. A great journalist learns how to adapt to change yet still is able to keep their values and traditions at core when writing, and that is not something just anyone can do. This is what gives a journalist a mission and purpose.

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