What is Appropriate?
How to Absorb Information Quickly
How to Talk to People
It’s struck me on those occasions when I’ve found myself in conversation with journalists how easy it is to talk with them. That shouldn’t be surprising as it is a key requirement of a journalist that they talk with people, in order to acquire information. Of course, journalists try to make people feel relaxed, as people will almost certainly be more forthcoming if they are relaxed.
Essentially, in talking to people, journalists are asking questions; they know how to dig through the information in a variety of ways and in the process find new or creative sources.
The transferability of this point is clear. For example, knowledge managers conduct interviews with users to identify their information needs – and then set-up information systems to satisfy those needs, or deliver researched information in a format that will support their users’ needs.
The area of investigative journalism is particularly akin to the work of competitive intelligence (information) professionals, where the verification of information via multiple reliable sources is required.
Writing is probably the most obvious skill when people think of journalism, particularly when print journalism is considered; although, obviously, broadcast journalists write but their writing is less evident, being more visually/verbally orientated.
As an information professional, there are many occasions when writing is required – not just writing-up notes but writing in a way that is fluid and intelligible. For example:
As mentioned, broadcast journalists work in the realm of the visual/verbal. However, even in this environment a parallel may be drawn. For example, in some working situations, information professionals may be required to deliver a presentation of their research findings.
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