Recently, he won the new Dallas Morning News fellowship in professional journalism, which has him advising journalism students at a student-run publication, Reporting Texas. Timms tries to emphasize that journalists need to be flexible, especially when it comes to technology.
“You have to be open to the fact that technology is going to be a part of your job, and that technology is likely going to change,” said Timms. “We don’t really know for sure what is going to be the social media or the platform that is going to save us down the road.”
Timms says journalism has always been on the forefront of technology. It embraced computers and mobile phones much earlier, for example, than other industries.
A self-described technology geek, Timms used a computer to work on reporting projects back in the 1980s, before it became common practice.
“I very early on embraced the idea that computers are pretty cool,” he said.
Since he was already an early technology adopter, Timms said his newspaper’s Web team often used him to experiment. Things didn’t always work out, but he learned a lot along the way.
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