OJR.org: News convergence isn’t necessarily easy for student journalists

Studies may show that ‘Millennials’ have good web and technology skills, but Aaron Chimbel, assistant professor of professional practice at TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism, says current day ” journalism students are not so different than grizzled veterans of legacy media, at least not in practice”.

They know they spend their entire lives connected, but it doesn’t mean they automatically default to multimedia and a convergence culture in the classroom or the workplace. They seem to have a hard time translating how they consume news and information to how they should produce it. Many, though certainly not all, of them still see themselves as part of traditional media. It’s a sense that’s reinforced when campus newspapers and radio and television news staffs remain in separate quarters, rarely (or never) working together.

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