The Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ) invited me to conduct a staff training on new media and journalism over the course of three days. The training of trainers involved the faculty of the SLCJ, as well as administrative staff including those from the College library and programme coordinators.
And overview of the course I delivered can be downloaded from here.
The class discussions covered a number of other aspects, including how new media had changed the relationship between consumer and producer, online research, new trends in social networking including location-based social networks, the underlying technologies powering new media and how these tools could aid investigative journalism. We ploughed through a lot of new ideas, concepts, tools and platforms and there was enough interest among the participants to call for a regular, monthly meeting to serve as both a refresher and a forum to discuss new development in the new media landscape.
With many of the older generation of journalists in Sri Lanka, including senior Editors and newsroom managers wholly unaware of new media and worse, hugely resistant to new media literacy in their newsrooms, SLCJ’s forward-looking vision and resulting revisions in curricula support a new cadre of journalists who are, to use Urs Gasser’s term, digital natives.