SAE Institute has launched a new Digital Journalism course. To mark the beginning of the new curricula, it held a Journalism 2.0 themed seminar in Dubai.
Panellists including author, journalist and digital media entrepreneur Mark Briggs, Nabila Usman of online start-up NewzGlobe and freelance journalist Pia Heikkila, who co-wrote the course.
“Journalists can’t ignore technology anymore,” said Heikkila. “The most empowering thing a journalist can do is pick-up a camera and start shooting.”
Briggs, a strong supporter of citizen journalism and the use of blogs and other new media tools in mainstream journalism refused to accept that print journalism no longer had its place.
“There’s a joke that says every time a newspaper prints obituaries, its printing a list of its best customers,” said Briggs. “Newspapers are certainly more popular with older people but they still have a role to play. People will always trust these established brands but there is room for newscomers. The Huffington Post is around three years old and has a higher readership than The Washington Post.”
The 12-month course will receive its first intake of students in June of this year.