Today was the first day back at school. One of my classes, Mindy McAdams’s Advanced Online Media Production, looks fantastic. The books are great, and I already have several ideas for our first assignment, basically “take this image and this graf and make it look pretty.”
McAdams emphasized that this class would prepare us with the necessary tools for a job in journalism, with the industry’s present need for people who know how to combine journalism with the Web. I still don’t know whether I like reporting or Web production better, but you can never know too much, and I know I’ll have fun with this class.
I think soon even the most basic reporting will require some knowledge of Internet tech, and reporters have to think of their stories in more layers than before. It’s an interesting challenge.