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Peng on Essential Communications Skills for Journalists: Boston Globe

Journalism assistant professor Zhao Peng weighed in for an article examining the state of the journalism industry and the prospects for students aspiring to work in the field. Amidst massive layoffs across the country to start 2024, journalists must be versatile and resilient.

“You need writing everywhere.” Peng added that communication skills, interviewing, and video editing are important for many other professions. Additionally, she is trying to teach her students that artificial intelligence — widely seen as a threat to jobs because of its ability to spin up whole paragraphs of mostly coherent writing — can also be a tool in journalism.

“Journalism students can spend effort and time on cultivating skills that can make them more adaptive to this AI environment.”

Read the Globe piece.

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