We live in a period of profound change in the world of information and in the journalistic field, which day after day revolutionizes and shakes up the old paradigms we’ve come to know over the years. Media are now constantly searching for up-do- date and multivalent professional profiles, able to face all the new challenges and needs of the journalistic universe.
Quality ad exclusivity of stories represent the last shred of hope for media and reporters in a period of absolute impoverishment and flattening of information and its contents. But which exactly are the essential qualities that information recipients seek in a quality reporter?
Getting to know and understanding the story is not always as easy as it may seem. Catching the right content at the exact right time to divulge it is an indispensible and often underestimated quality. Being capable of investigating and gathering information, checking a story’s sources and conducting and reporting an interview are fundamental aspects for every media, which require and expect their reporters to have a good degree of independence and autonomy in individuating, analyzing and reporting the matter at hand.
Being good at multiple gigs in the field of information means both having several different abilities and being able to perform more tasks at once. Being a multitasker doesn’t just mean conducting an interview while also acting as cameraman, or being able to work with any journalistic format required, it also means staying constantly informed and updated through media and social networks, listening to what other reporters have to say. Adaptation spirit and simultaneity are two fundamental aspects that must always go together.
3. Media Law
Often, reporters themselves don’t really know where their legal boundaries lie, and most importantly what their rights are. There are dynamics associated with professional ethics, but there are also laws imposed on media to protect copyright, privacy, anonymity, and even impartiality and objectivity. In short, the do’s and don’ts of journalism.
4. Web Rules
It is unrealistic, nowadays, to think that a reporter can ignore the rules and dynamics of the digital world. They are in fact essential for those who produce information – all the methodologies and formats that must be followed, from SEO optimization through the use and management of social networks to the best format for each specific type of photo, video or even article. A profession – that of reporter – that, in its increasing attention to the packaging of a story, is growing closer and closer to the marketing world.
5. Data Journalism
This is one of the most important new tools for information producers, as its strong suits are in-depth research and reliability of sources. Being able to research, analyze and elaborate data, both from a conceptual and from a graphic perspective, is not an easy-to- find quality, but it surely is fundamental. The diffusion of big data and statistical tools in journalism represents a clear attempt to bring back quality and truthfulness of contents.