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2009 is rapidly turning into a vintage year for old-school journalism whine. Traditional newsies -- both the ink-stained wretches and the blow-dried TV variety -- were already approaching critical mass with their complaints about the Internet, Twitter, social media and their impact on journalistic credibility and accountability, not to mention their ability to remain in business. However, the past two weeks' worth of major news developments have practically made heads explode, and it's all because new media's impact on newsgathering has been in their faces and off the charts.
I am currently developing a global media project where students worldwide of journalism and/or science can publish their news reports for a single independent science news magazine: http://www.newsciencejournalism.net/
The key idea is to not only provide a professional platform for students to gain exposure but to promote collaboration, participation and specialisation and then bottom line to the 'tions' – professionalism!
At the World Conference of Science Journalists in London last week, I felt a resonating message underlying presentations and conversations, and that was good old fashioned journalism (aka finesse with words coupled with well researched information) will always shine. If that well researched information means utilising the wealth of new media outlets available, then surely that's a big plus.
Context is always relevant and one big resource that makes the 'oldies' a very valuable resource is their knowledge of history and how to position news in context to events.
I am one of the staunchest of cynics, but certainly it is very exciting times and as you suggest Renay San Miguel, complaining about new media will possibly mean you miss the next big news break.
Incidentally, one of the first young journalists to sign up for the New Science Journalism project was from Ryerson University !