Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

es­pe­cially com­mu­nity news, is more im­me­di­ate than it has ever been.

Re­porters are work­ing against the clock: sniff­ing out sto­ries, reach­ing out to con­tacts, writ­ing for the news­pa­per and web­site and of­ten tak­ing their own pho­to­graphs. To­day’s jour­nal­ist is a jack-of-all-trades. We need to be con­stantly evolv­ing and pre­pared to change with new tech­nol­ogy as it comes along (which is quite of­ten).

Jour­nal­ists are no longer con­strained by the space on the pages of a news­pa­per.

We can pro­vide a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the news, with more an­gles and greater con­text for con­sumers, by in­clud­ing online links to pre­vi­ous sto­ries and other com­ments on the is­sue.

Gone are the days when jour­nal­ists had to rush back to the of­fice to sub­mit their sto­ries; now we can file on the go and from al­most any­where.

The way peo­ple con­sume news is also evolv­ing, with read­ers able to ac­cess online break­ing news, so­cial media up­dates, photo gal­leries and videos, as well as tra­di­tional print media.

Read­ers can in­ter­act with each other and di­rectly with jour­nal­ists on a num­ber of dif­fer­ent plat­forms, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the public to en­gage with the news like never be­fore.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the corner­stone of good jour­nal­ism.

Jour­nal­ists need to not only com­mu­ni­cate with read­ers but also col­lab­o­rate with staff pho­tog­ra­phers, their editor and with each other.

Just three years into her news ca­reer, SO­PHIE

GABRIELLE is an in­fant by com­par­i­son but is thriv­ing in the world of mod­ern-day jour­nal­ism.

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