Newsroom Culture

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently released a report on the state of professional development and training of journalists called “Digital Training Comes of Age,” written by Michele McLellan and Eric Newton. The report provides online survey responses from 660 journalists who received Knight-branded professional development in the past two years. The report highlights the need for a change in the training of journalists for the 21st century.

At a time when many newsrooms and news organizations are reducing staff and resources while trying to do more with their news products, professional development is one of those areas often ignored.

Yet, this professional development is crucial to the future of journalism whether they are for-profit or non-profit news organizations.

According to McLellan as stated in the second page of the report, “Professional development will play a key role in the transformation of the news landscape,” she said. “Not all news organizations will survive the transition to the digital age. The ones that make it will be nimble, adaptable. They’ll have learning cultures, where training is built into the daily routine.”

There are many ways that news ventures including nonprofits can start creating this kind of culture. Let’s go over some tips.