The research report with the title of "New Skills for the Next Generation of Journalists" was presented by the team of the Department of Communication and Media Studies from the University of Pécs (Hungary), the Erich Brost Institute (EBI) (Germany) and representatives of the ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal) and the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies from the University of Bucharest (Romania).
The first dissemination event was held at the "Bundespressekonferenz" in Berlin on 14 June where the representatives of the research group presented the results of their comparative study for an international audience. Faced with new framework conditions in journalism in times of digitization, the researchers have dealt with the need for a new generation of journalists. The aim of the study is to strengthen the European democratic public toward to the new conditions.
The presented report concentrates on the teaching of journalism and the different prerequisites in the education of the participating countries. It specifically focuses on the four aspects of data journalism, collaborative journalism, new business models and media ethics. The results of the research are based on an analysis of the university programmes' curricula in the four countries as well as on interviews with journalists and journalism educators in Hungary, Germany, Portugal and Romania.
The aim of phase 1 of NEWSREEL was to ground the development of syllabuses and teaching materials that can be incorporated in journalism education at universities and that are able to reflect on the needs of the stakeholders in the participating countries. The initial conditions – e.g. the state of journalism education regarding new skills and tools of journalism, the spread of journalistic performances based on new skills and tools – are different in the participating countries, and these are not necessarily mapped in published analyses. Therefore in the previous months we have done interviews with representatives of the selected universities' journalism departments, as well as with practising journalists in each country. Besides the interviews, we have also analysed the curricula of the selected departments, especially that how our four specific fields - data journalism, collaborative journalism, new business models and ethical challenges - are integrated into the education. If you are interested in our results, you can reach the full research report here:
Title photo: Judith Wiesrecker
Journalists have an essential role in the new media landscape as a pillar of credible and contextualized information. Being in competition with several alternatives, non-professional or even deliberately manipulated news, professional journalism should be empowered by new competencies and skills. Among the opportunities enabled by digital technologies, processing, analysing and visualizing big amounts of data as well as the multi-sectoral and digital cross-border co-operations open new fields of journalistic activities, and new ways to speak about public issues. However, this environment also entails technical and economic risks, and it demands expertise in IT security as well as the development of business models and strategies from journalists and media companies. Journalists face several ethical challenges that should be handled to meet their social responsibilities. Fake news and hate speech have become a big issue in the public sphere, and so have whistleblowing and activism.
By improving skills of a new generation of European journalists, NEWSREEL will contribute to the strengthening of the common European democratic public sphere by improving the collaborative and cross-border journalism that is able to elaborate and make tangible the huge amount of available data, and that is based on a predictable business strategy and a firm ethical foundation.