As most of the news industry shifts to an emphasis on their online products, reporters’ roles are rapidly evolving. Because they are expected to produce stories involving a range of media (visuals, video, etc.), reporters today need a different set of skills from their print-only predecessors.
Bob Cohn, the editor of Atlantic Digital, describes in Folio Magazine how the rapid growth of digital news consumption has altered the list of skills news organizations look for in new hires. He notes that “this transition from vertical job descriptions to horizontal job descriptions is perhaps the most profound change in newsrooms that are full of change.” Cohn goes on to explore the implications of this shift on the hiring practices of news organizations, and the type of reporters who result.