It was great to see everyone again after break for The Miami Hurricane‘s first staff meeting of the semester. Old faces and new faces, all ready to get back into action (please excuse the cliche).
Here are some of the topics we discussed:
Copyediting all possible content before layout, which will begin with first issue
Outlook for multimedia this semester and what role the multimedia editor and assistant multimedia editor will play
Preview of Web site overhaul, which will be a collaborative, semester-long effort; Art Director/Visuals Editor Will Wooten, Webmaster Brian Schlansky and I will take the lead, working with other staffers and Chris Delboni’s CNJ 442 class
If you go to interview for an internship or job at a place that says what Ryan writes below, you’ll A) Not be exposed to the kind of working environment that will help you compete for jobs and B) Probably not have a job very long because the organization will become irrelevant to most readers, especially younger ones.
“If youâ€™ve said the words â€˜Oh, well weâ€™ve always done it that wayâ€™ in the last FIVE YEARS, you have a problem with addressing the question of who is competing with your organization.
If youâ€™ve said the words â€˜Oh, but that wonâ€™t work hereâ€™ in the last THREE YEARS, you definitely have a problem with addressing the pace of change in the news business.”
I’ll soon post a Top 10 list of advice for student journalists that will help them to stay relevant, viable and competitive in the evolving world of journalism.
“…most schools still segment folksâ€“magazine focus, TV focus, newspapers etc. All of those specialties should be infused with online learning.” – Larry Dignan, executive editor of ZDNet news and blogs
Looking forward to future j-education coverage from the SPJ Classrooms and Newsrooms blog:
“For the August 2008 J-Ed issue might we analyze and evaluate the various ways newsrooms and classrooms intersect ~ be they innovative student internships or practica, unusual professional development programs for instructors, curricula that integrate newsroom practices or products into instruction, or the recruitment and retention of professionals into the academy? This weblog would be a perfect venue to propose or flesh out ideas.”