NABJ Members Bridge the Digital Divide
By Benét J. Wilson
As news coverage continues its rapid move to digital platforms, members of the National Association of Black Journalists in various phases of their careers offer advice on how – and why – journalists of color need to make the transition -- now.
Mark S. Luckie, who recently became national innovations editor for The Washington Post, is recognized as a leader who literally wrote the book on the industry’s transition, The Digital Journalist’s Handbook. He is also founder of the recently sold 10000 Words blog, which he created to teach journalists how to use the tools currently shaping digital journalism. The blog was the basis for Luckie’s self-published book.
"There was nothing like it on the market. And there were far too many books and blogs that were more theoretical, had an abstract point of view or had unfocused narratives,” he explained. "I tried to create a book that allows journalists to start from point A and concentrate on the skills they want.”
Even as this digital transformation continues, many journalists are still slow to embrace the future, and Luckie says he doesn’t know why.
"I wish I had the answer. I want to get journalists of color in a room and shake them and say `this is the future,’” he states.
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