In my survey of online journalists at North Carolina newspapers, I asked respondents to describe their proficiency in each of 17 different skills. What I found was that although online journalists are relatively young, their strength as a group remains in traditional skills of news judgment, grammar and AP style.
Here’s a table of the results.
Some questions into which I need to look a little deeper:
- Do the rare few journalists with technical skills ALSO have traditional skills, or is one set of skills replacing the other?
- Are the journalists with technical skills any more or less likely to be younger?
- Are there particular job titles that are more likely to have technical skills?
- Are technical skills more likely to be found at larger papers? Smaller? Neither?
If there are other questions I need to add to my list, please let me know.