The newest pensums of the social communication faculties of our country now lean towards the formation of multimedia journalists, thus widening the horizons of the new journalism meta that has created the democratization of information through the Internet.
Preponderantly, the previous meta put all the emphasis on the printed press as the radio and television were being integrated into journalism, and without ditching its strongest pillars of entertainment, schools were incorporating specializations in these latest platforms.
With the arrival of the digital age and the emergence of the social media that offers an “all-inclusive journalism”, the faculties have expanded the menu of options to train the multimedia journalist, now with more technological skills and more communication fields.
This is how they open the curricular spectrum so that the managing of techniques for the development of integrated sound, editing, photographic montage and video, measurement and in-depth analysis of the digital audiences, filmography, documentaries, tele and radio journalism, are linked to the learning of all the rules of professional journalism, whether printed or digital.
It’s quite logical that this renders out to be the format of the new pensums, since in the dominican case, the 98 percent of the population receives the news through the audiovisual media, apart from the fact that there is now a greater interaction between the transmitter and the receptor that often determines the level of attention and coverage of a given event.
To the extent that the newsrooms of traditional media are transformed into multimedia ones, new personnel affiliate to them, such as programmers, analysts and audience monitors, researchers and digital designers, while the mission to train these people corresponds to the universities or institutes that offer classes for social communication careers.
The newest printed journals that are emerging these days, already have demand for digital media employees, which is a challenge for those veterans forged in the scheme of the printed news, who are forced to renew and reinvent themselves.
For the veterans, it’s vital for them to assume and identify themselves with the change with the same passion and ardor with which they’ve exercised traditional journalism, since the new realities of the world of information and communication demand it.
Translated from spanish by Randy Rodríguez.