I saw the future of journalism today

I talked with a team of six journalism students today about the idea of branding and I’m feeling very optimistic.

Village Voice Media, in conjunction with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is running this team through an intensive, 10-week, paid summer fellowship for minority students concentrating on Web and digital media.

These are my new friends: @Victor314, @Ujohnny, @AudioPathos, @adelehampton, @kholoodeid, and @BryScottD.

It was fun to think about branding as I prepared. I’ve talked a lot about journalists and their image on the web and the need to be consistent across different tools, but I’ve never focused on creating a brand. What I learned:

You can tell this tale short: Figure out who you are and be it.
A little longer: People have an image of you whether you like it or not, so take control.
Or in 27 slides: See below.

Beyond the basic message about Being You Online, I packed the presentation with examples of how nine other young journalists present themselves (their BRAND) online.

The Village Voice fellows could do far worse than emulating the professional images of:

Lauren M. Rabaino – @laurenmichell
Mukhtar M. Ibrahim – @mukhtaryare
Heather Billings – @hbillings
Monica Guzman – @moniguzman
Rebekah Monson – @RebekahMonson
Robert Hernandez – @webjournalist
Matt Thompson – @mthomps
Maxine Park – @maxinepark
Benet Wilson – @benetwilson

The Village Voice team members are all doing journalism and building their online images already (see slide 8). But they had great questions and were very thoughtful about what more they can do.

If you want to follow their progress this summer, they are using this hashtag on
Twitter: #vvmfellows.

With young journalists like the six fellows and the nine professionals I held up as examples all forging new ground, I’m feeling great about our future. Let’s follow them all.

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One response to “I saw the future of journalism today

  1. Hi Robin,
    I really appreciate the work you are doing to educated future journalist on how to use social media tools to create news. I’d like to invite you and your readers to a conference put on by an organization called Images & Voices of Hope: Media as an Agent of World Benefit. http://www.ivoh.org

    This years theme is Mind Full Media and we are trying to make sense of
    all of the “incoming” channels for journalists & media makers and to
    gain some sense of how to use these channels mindfully.
    How does the story unfold? How to discern the truth without a lack of proper vetting. Any thoughts.

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