The journalistic wishlist: Exploring reporters’ desired skills using delphi method

Oded Jackman, Zvi Reich

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Research shows that journalists are expected to develop new skills in the innovative peripheries of journalism, such as data and multimedia journalism. However, the extent to which new skills are expected for its core activity, news reporting, remains disputed. This study aims to determine whether news reporters are expected to master new skills following a series of transformations in news environments. To allow ego-free and anonymous negotiations of reporters’ desired skills, we organized a Delphi panel of news executives and experts. Findings show that reporters are expected to prioritize traditional skills: be knowledgeable about their beat, think critically about raw materials, and be swift but accurate. However, they are expected to utilize databases and prioritize story detection over storytelling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4480-4503
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Delphi panel
  • expertise
  • journalistic skills
  • new skills
  • news reporting
  • traditional skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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