Patrick Tolbert Digital Journalist

Digital journalism goes beyond posting news online; it’s the process by which we transform the traditional newsgathering process into a process of gathering, analyzing and story telling.

The advent of new media saw newspapers and TV stations tapping the computer guy to post stories to their websites at the end of the news day. Soon after the computer guy became the webmaster. Journalists turned over their work to the webmaster who put it online verbatim.

It soon became apparent, you can’t teach the computer guy to do Journalism, but you can teach a Journalist how to use a computer.

I am one of a new breed of journalists, one who is just as comfortable gathering and writing prose as I am writing code. I excel at finding and analyzing documents and data online. These resources often yield some of the most compelling stories that would have taken a whole team of investigative reporters months to break.

In the age of one-man-band reporting, I have designed and implemented successful workflows that allow reporters to gather and file from the field without adding undue burden on the reporter.

However, journalism alone does not make a successful website. I have the knowledge and skill set to select and present they type of content local readers want to see online. I also have a wide range of resources to help big stories go national and bring in outside traffic.

Additionally, all of the traffic in the world does not mean anything without being able to monetize it. I work closely with digital sales teams to create interactive content that not only brings visitors to the site, keeps them on the site, but also generates revenue from advertisers.

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