Paul Bradshaw, leading specialist in mobile and digital media, talks about how journalism today evolves into a multifaceted, extremely dynamic and technology developing field. I interviewed him on the changes brought by 2016 and what to expect in 2017.
Watch Paul talk about how 2016 marked important transformations in mainstream media. National newspaper The Independent closed down their print edition, while online platforms such as Facebook and Google push forward to gain expertise and reputation as media developers/publishers.
“I’d say we’ve got at least another decade on the web, and at least another two decades on mobile and tablets, and three decades or more to come around wearable technology as well” (Paul Bradshaw)
Paul started publishing his own website, www.onlinejournalismblog.com, in 2004. Meanwhile, this has become a data base of news on media development and resources on mobile journalism. According to Paul’s professional profile on Birmingham City University website, his blog was named by the UK Press Gazette as one of the most influential journalism blogs in the country.
Academic generosity goes hand in hand with careful planning
The Master degree course he leads in Online Journalism (now called MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism) was established in 2009. I met Paul in 2015, the year he left City University London as a Visiting Professor, starting the course with him.
After two years of working with him as a course leader, I can say Paul is one of the most generous academics I have ever met. When a professor negotiates entry for his students at media events which cost otherwise hundreds of pounds per participants, facts speak for themselves. The Guardian offices in London, Media City in Manchester, even an international conference on data journalism in Helsinki all opened doors for students due to Paul’s efforts.
I asked Paul how he manages to keep his students updated all the time with events, job offers and leads opportunities for journalistic work. He says having a structure and priorities helps.
Watch the second, extensive part of my interview with Paul, on his own career progression, as well as how he supports his students. For the Birmingham City University professor, the career that ensured him international reputation in journalism started with simply looking to get away from a job he no longer wanted.
Paul also talks about what journalists can do in such a dynamic environment today, but also warns them not to loose sight of the most important thing: their audience, the people they are talking to.