PLANS & PRICING
Substantially significant, especially for those starting out. News once broke on the front page. Then came tickers on prime-time television. Today, chances are you first heard/read/watched it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, WhatsApp… perhaps a podcast? You get the drift. Even if you are not an active news seeker, it finds you, right in the comfort of your palm, as a gleaming notification on your <insert a device/gadget of your choice>. Cell phone? Smartwatch? Laptop?
Bottom line: Digital is dynamic. Online is where the action is. In real time.
A fundamental understanding of different social media and digital platforms—how they work, who they attract, what’s their impact—therefore, is worth investing your time in. Mandatorily, if I may so argue. Besides sensing the pulse of the people, these could potentially be, when navigated smartly and engaged with strategically, vital aides: to gauge trends, gather information and data, research, connect with sources, build networks, brag by lines (personal branding).
Globally, most newsrooms today are driven by analytics, and are eager to employ multimedia journalists.
Just one note of caution, though. Be wary, very wary, of turning into an armchair journalist. Good journalism is, as it always has been, rooted in solid groundwork/ fieldwork. Stories may break on the internet, but, to sniff one out, you gotta pound the pavement. No substitutes there.