The Have-A-Go Self-Improver
This is an interesting insight into learning:
If I was to rank the ways in which I actually learn it would look a little like this:
- Having a go myself
- Having it demonstrated
- The internet
The first three are, in some way or another, conversations.
I’ve spent a lot of the last nine months delivering training. The vast majority of it is stuff I learned through 1 and 3, delivered via 2 with as many encouragements to use 1 as I can.
When it comes to digital skills – in journalism and elsewhere – the ability to learn by having a good old go at it is incredibly valuable. Why? Because the environment around us is constantly changing. A good training course can get you up to speed – but without some ability to self-teach, you’ll slip behind again.
And the key skill to doing that is assessing what went well and what went badly, and having another go…
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Some Good Reading About The Future of News Paid Members Public
Good stuff I’ve read recently, haven’t linked to yet, but don’t have much to add to right now: * The Nichepaper Manifesto [http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/haque/2009/07/the_nichepaper_manifesto.html] – an articulate and well argued guide to how niche publishing might looks going forwards. * Media