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Journalistic Skillsets in the Age of Data-Driven Journalism

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abstract In our contribution, we investigate the adaptability of journalists and editorial teams to the changes brought to the profession by the advent of new, more technology-driven journalism. We posit that to remain relevant in these fast-changing times, journalistic organizations have to generate a new innovativeness and creativity out of their own core, relying on as many shoulders in the organization as possible. Technological determinism characterized the academic discourse about the modifications the Internet (i.e. Social Media) would bring to journalism. One may get the impression that technological innovations would trigger social change and business model innovation virtually by default. However, with the ongoing observations of the journalistic system it became apparent that existing practices tend to resist change, as journalists tend to hold on to their (former) powerful role models, and the system relies on common business models. Thus, in our research we want to opt for an approach uncoupled from this technological determinism. We study innovation in journalism in the social context of roles, practices and formats within newsrooms. In a new approach, we therefore focus on the integration of journalists into innovation processes of media organizations, in other words, we ask how to make journalists not just participators of creativity and innovation processes, but to stimulators and inspirers.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Journalism, Social Media, Innovation, Skills
   
name of conference 62nd Annual ICA Conference (Phoenix)
date of conference 24-5-2012
title of proceedings Communication and Community
volume / edition Paper 5227
publisher International Communication Association (Washington)
review double-blind review
   
profile area SoM - Business Innovation
citation Meckel, M., & Fieseler, C. (2012). Journalistic Skillsets in the Age of Data-Driven Journalism. In Communication and Community, Paper 5227. Washington: International Communication Association.