You don’t need me to tell you this, I hope, but if ever there was an obvious sign that online skills are a must, take a look at this news today (from Press Gazette’s Patrick Smith):
“The company was now seeking journalists with online journalism skills ahead of GNM’s move to a hi-tech, integrated newsroom in London’s King’s Cross at the end of the year”
That company is the Guardian, one of the country’s leading online news sources.
What this tell us is that not only are they planning something special with this new newsroom, but that they are so committed to online journalists that they are prepared to show the unwilling the door. If you don’t know online, you’re not needed. Simple as that.
I’m sure I’m not the only journalist that feels a little fuzzy inside when thinking of new hi-tech newsrooms. I wonder if the Guardian will take the same approach as the Telegraph with the ‘hub’ concept. More about that here.
And more about the Guardian’s redundancies can be found here.