A couple months ago I was leafing through the Broadcast Journalism Training Council guidelines. Drawn up a few years ago (well, 2005), they look worryingly similar to those ‘web journalism’ courses that simply consist of teaching journalists to design webpages. In their guidelines [PDF – page 21] they say students should produce:
9.2.1 a portfolio comprising a minimum of SIX distinct webpage templates, one of
which will be the home page;
9.2.2a minimum of FIVE online news stories originated by the student and utilising the
templates described above. The site should demonstrate the full range of editorial,
technical skills, with complexity and styles appropriate to current practice in the
output of different news organisations and their target audiences.
Clearly this is in some need of updating – and I’m told the BJTC are looking to do so. The question is, what should they be updating this to? Over to you.