Key questions

The scenario planning method starts with an inventory of the key questions that exist in the sector. “If you had a crystal ball that you could use to see into the future, what questions would you ask about the future?”, we asked the participating expertsin a survey. Their responses (almost 150 questions in total) have been summarized, leading to the following eight key questions about the future. 

How can we teach journalists to respond to an ever-changing society? How to deal with mis- and disinformation? What role will machines and algorithms play? How will trust in journalism develop? What role will education play in the debate on trust? How can we train journalists to enable them to communicate their activities in a credible and confidence-building way? How will the polarization in society develop? What about security for journalists? How can we prepare journalists when it comes to security? How will the status of the profession develop? 

Will journalism education still be necessary in the future? Will either a general education or a specialism be better? Is a Post-Secondary Vocational Education-, Higher Vocational Education-, or academic education classification still relevant today? Does four years of training not contradict lifelong learning? What is a journalism degree qualification worth? Will the training be more customized and should there be more room for flexibility? How should lifelong learning take shape in a rapidly changing world? What role can institutes play in this? What influence will the student/professional have on his own learning path and development? How can journalism become a reflection of society?

What will digital education look like in the future? How do we shape hybrid and blended learning? What other channels are there to offer education? Which didactics will we use? What role will teachers have in training? What role will the professional field play in training? Are other partnerships possible? What role will the buildings play? How can education continue to innovate? How should it be tested?

How will the journalist's profession develop? Where does journalism position itself (from watchdog to cozy blogs)? Do journalistic principles need a revision? Is the role of watchdog shifting more towards organizations that act as advocates of an interest? Or should journalism go back to the basics of truth-finding in a world where anyone can publish? What is your goal as a journalist: to inform / convince / provide background / unmask / influence opinion? How about the integrity of a journalist? What role should journalism play as a counterpart to disinformation and misinformation? Should journalists be generalists or specialists? What do the disappearance and emergence of different platforms mean for the role of the journalist? Which journalism is disappearing and what will still work? How will you make money as a journalist?

What will be the importance of knowledge? What knowledge should a journalist have? How will we achieve and maintain good general development in a society that is becoming increasingly complex, as there is evidence that an increasing number of people no longer reads? How do you create depth and/or a higher level? How will we keep an eye on international developments? How will we keep up with advancing information technology? How will we ensure that people are intrinsically motivated for further training? 

How will we deal with the question about an abundance of resources and how to check them? How crucial is the role of language skills? How do you stimulate analytical and cognitive skills? How do you create innovative skills? How do you stimulate and develop creativity? How far should entrepreneurial skills education go? How do you find the balance between classic journalism and experimentation? What digital skills does a journalist need and how do you keep up with developments? What is the importance of technical skills (such as filming, etc.)? How do you train journalists to enable them to serve the ever-expanding media landscape/platforms? What must be done to encourage journalists to continuously reflect on behavior, choices and perspective? Should we not pay more attention to general competences and personal development? How can journalists improve their collaboration? How do you encourage journalists to ask their own learning questions?

What is the public’s interest? How do you keep working in a target-oriented way? Is there a balance to be found between the role and influence of the public and journalists’ freedom to follow their own agenda? How helpful do you have to be towards your audience? How does the journalist differ from the citizen, who can also generate news through all kinds of platforms? How can we respond to changing patterns of news use? How do we reach an audience when all kinds of sentiments are at play? What does the public need? What should contact between a journalist and the public look like? How can we involve the public in our journalistic goals? How can we ensure that journalists pay attention to inclusion and diversity?

What do we mean by journalism? Where lies the line between journalism and communication? How do we deal with new channels/platforms where everyone can publish (everyone is a journalist)? How do you deal with the discrepancy between the media consumed by students and media that you train for? Does journalism education train people for journalism or does it teach people journalistic skills? How can we forge alliances with other disciplines and stimulate multidisciplinary work?