Being a digital native is not about where you start off, but rather it’s about where you end up.
So, when I say “Web natives need to lead Web operations,” I don’t just mean people who were born with laptops in their cribs. Anyone can become a digital native if they really want to.
But it requires hard work. It requires an inquisitive mind. It’s about loving the Web, not about career advancement.
Being a digital native is not about a bunch of marketing buzzwords like Web 2.0. It’s about truly loving technology and always being willing to learn something new. It’s about the joy of it all.
I can spot an impostor from a mile away — the kind of person who believes that the Web is a great way to advance his career. Digital natives don’t need incentive. Digital natives understand that “the Web is the greatest thing to ever happen to journalism“.
Being a digital native is about mindset and culture. Digital natives never, ever long for the good, old days for journalism. Digital natives look forward to the bright future of journalism.
I know the best days are ahead for journalism.