Adam Westbrook // ideas on digital storytelling and publishing

6×6: starting next week

Posted in 6x6 series, Journalism by Adam Westbrook on August 14, 2009

The walls of the debate are shifting. People don’t want to be reminded how bad the newspaper/journalism sector is right now; they don’t want to read more introductions to articles reeling off the various nails in the coffin.

In the last couple of months we’ve started to see more articles looking forward. And that’s a positive thing.

A piece I wrote last month on what the journalist of the future might look like sparked a lot of debate – and got me working on something which I’m launching on Monday:

6x6 advice for multimedia journalists

Six articles, each with six tips for the journalist of the future. They’re going to be focused on the down to earth practical stuff, and cover six broad areas the next generation freelance journalist will need to be familiar with:

  1. Video
  2. Branding
  3. Storytelling
  4. Audio
  5. Business skills
  6. Making things happen

Some of them are new skills, which are just emerging; others are some of the oldest. And that last one isn’t a journalism skill, but I think it’s vital for freelancers if they’re not to end up sitting at home staring at their computer screen.

It starts on Monday with Branding – and as always, it’s never a complete list so feel free to add your advice in the comments!

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  1. Laura Oliver said, on August 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Adam – this sounds like a great idea. Would you mind if we cross-posted on Journalism.co.uk/included excerpts with links? Drop me an email/dm if you think this is possible.

  2. [...] in an unrelated blog post, Adam Westbrook announces his plans to publish practical guides for journalists on video, branding, storytelling, audio, business skills and ‘making things [...]

  3. [...] in an unrelated blog post, Adam Westbrook announces his plans to publish practical guides for journalists on video, branding, storytelling, audio, business skills and ‘making things [...]

  4. Jon Moss said, on August 15, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Looks good Adam – email sent, so check your inbox :)

  5. aguitta said, on August 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Hey. Fantastict. Will be in tune. Love the idea.


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