I am blogging this morning from The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., site of Teachapalooza 2012. The three-day workshop is a journalistic call-to-arms for professionals and j-profs interested in brushing up on their skills, mastering new platforms, and reenergizing their work, teaching, and curricula.
In the opening session, Poynter gurus Al Tompkins and Vicki Krueger laid out a bevy of skills that student journalists MUST know upon graduation– beyond simply learning the latest program or what Tompkins called “the next shiny new thing.”
The list below is a grab bag of skills– and mindsets– that Tompkins and Krueger described as essential, along with those suggested by the roughly 60 Teachapalooza attendees, those shared by j-professionals in surveys presented to us via PowerPoint, and a few left out that I feel are worthy of inclusion.
25 Essential Skills for Today’s J-Student
Knowledge of world affairs & current events curiosity
Photojournalism & slideshows
Mapping & geotagging
Documents & records utilization
Social media engagement
Blogging & web writing
Mobile & backpack journalism
Software & techie equipment
Web coding & design
SEO & audience building
Collaboration & crowdsourcing
Flexibility, learning how to learn & learning to fail
Passion for journalism
Please let me know, politely: What skills should be added to this list??? Depending on their merits, I will add them immediately.