Tales From 1990

Two stories have hit the intertubes today of very talented journalists struggling with new media.

Susie Gharib, profiled by MarketWatch writer Jon Friedman, is “one of the best and most popular business-television journalists on the scene,” but she doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter.

Jim Romenesko somewhat snarkily linked to the item on Twitter, saying, “Maybe it’s best that network anchors keep quiet about their social media cluelessness.”

Meanwhile, WaPo’s Ian Shapira has been trying to learn video in a master’s program at American University.

He writes:

My transition from writer to video journalist has not been comfortable. I constantly fumbled with the tripod — right in front of my subject — which was about as embarrassing as getting caught with one’s fly open. And I spent so many hours late into the evening with the video editing software Final Cut Express that I wondered whether I was even doing journalism anymore, or computer science. One huge lesson learned: Never say “videographer.”

…Does it even make sense for writers like me to learn how to shoot and edit video? For video journalists to become writers? Shouldn’t news organizations such as The Post invest in more specialists? Or, given our industry’s financial upheaval, is a more versatile staff better?

All tough questions. But it seems that even in 2010, old-school journos–if they have the chops–are fine.

The Post doesn’t appear to let us embed the video Shapira just finished (sigh), so click the screenshot to go to the post.