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Preparing new journalists for a multimedia world

We are just beginning to get to grips with our new multimedia newsroom for the journalism department at the University of Westminster. It is to be opened next week by Helen Boaden, director of BBC News.

It marks a shift in the way in which we teach journalism and that involves a lot of thought and debate about the content of courses. It means finding new solutions. One small example was a discussion about producing a user guide to the new facility. The result was the starting of a wiki which will enable the users, students and staff, to contribute from their experience. It will also be easily updated as we learn and techniques are developed.

I will post again on the multimedia newsroom when it is opened. In the meantime, I was struck by a promotional video from Apple about washingtonpost.com with the theme: What’s the story and how best can we tell it. (via cyberjournalist.net)

Their equipment bears similarities to ours, including Mac labtops for editing in the field. But above all it is about storytelling to engage the audience.

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