Newsrooms are constantly dealing with digital media evolution. From the pen and paper to telephone interviews, from broadcast documentaries (radio and television) to live news stream. But to trump the basics of journalism, the introduction of Vine, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as well as a variety of digital media (video, etc.) used to capture news stories has brought news to a whole other level.

 

How are news organizations dealing with the changes in video media?

1. One way that news organizations deal with changes in video media is by adding their own personal journalism to reach out to the audience. The reason why video is added to a news story is to provide a visual for the audience and make the story more exciting. Have some fun with it, engage the audience and make them want to watch the news.

So let’s make sure that the news has less of this:

And more of this:

 

2. News organizations need to steer clear of documentary styled videos and aim for informative news reporting with great visuals. Here’s an example of CNN’s use of visuals in their videos.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/business/2014/04/15/orig-pkg-what-is-high-frequency-trading-zain-asher.cnn.html

 

3. News organizations are using different media to produce a more appealing way of communicating news to everyone. Check out this 6-second Vine of an earthquake in a studio that went viral.

The way that news organizations deal with the change in video media is determined by its viewership. If the viewership goes up, they’re doing it right, and vice versa. So by introducing digital media, such as video, to a story, it can makes the story more watchable for the viewers. The video also needs to have good visuals to maintain the viewer’s attention and by using social media as a tool to explain the story, it can help attract different age groups.

What types of skills do you need as a student journalist in order to survive in the coming job market?

I feel like student journalists have plenty of natural skills needed to survive in the coming job market, two of which I think are the most important; students know how to use practically all media and are knowledgeable of the interests of a young market. What a great combination!

Firstly, us youngsters were born into the era of video games and have been the target market for each new and improved game system to date. This means that for the past fifteen years or so, we have been experts of technology which gives us the advantage over every other generation.

Secondly, news organizations need viewers. According to the Index Mundi website, 16.8 percent of the world’s population are 15 years old to 24 years old which are the key users of digital media. That’s a lot of viewers missed out on if you’re not using the right medium to output your news. So who better to put into the journalism world than student journalists who understand the audience!

 

What skills do you feel are no longer needed as a journalist and why?

I feel like the only thing that journalists don’t need to concentrate as much on is writing for print but instead to be able to convert a print story to a story compatible for the web.

However, I feel like all the skills of a journalist are never no longer needed, instead, all the skills are still used in every day work. “A good journalist must be resourceful. Resourcefulness gives a person the ability to be able to always find a solution to difficult situations that can sometimes be at a dead end” (Journalism Facts and Directory). A difficult situation may be an experienced journalist having to make the switch from the traditional pen and paper to the computer and social media.

Especially with so much change in the field with social and digital media, journalists have to adapt to new ways of spreading news to the public. The author of Journalism 2.0, Mark Briggs says “Just like the telephone didn’t replace the face-to-face meeting over coffee, and e-mail didn’t replace the telephone, social media doesn’t replace other forms of connecting with people. It adds to them.” See, changes aren’t all that different!

 

Where do you see the future going in regard for mobile and social media, particularly digital media?

Digital media can range from digital video to digital audio, digital pictures, cell phones and even the Internet. With the many advancements in the digital media department over the past few years, it can only keep us asking “What could they possibly invent next?” Here are some ideas:

Whatever the new trend will be, it’s going to be even bigger and even better than today’s technologies. The future is going to be huge for mobile and social media, especially digital media. Can you imagine what the world of technology will be like 10 years from now?

Do these changes and innovations excite or scare you?

The changes and innovations of future technologies excite me. It’s always interesting to know what the next new trend will be. How many more versions of iPhones are they going to bring out? What’s the next step with social media? How many different formats of media could be used to cover a story? I know I’m not the only one who has questions but I am the type of person who would sit back and just be like “Bring it on!”

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