It’s a double edged sword. As news moves online, there’s a growing expectation to have access to stories as soon as they happen. Journalists must crank out content hours or even minutes after the fact. On the flip side, mobile tech has also advanced, making it easier than ever for journalists to create and upload content on the fly. This was one of my key takeaways from my time at the College Media Association’s annual convention in New York City.
Some other key takeaways for multimedia journalism are as follows:
Reporters are rapidly becoming one-man bands, the industry term for reporters who interview, record and edit on their own.
The idea is simple. If you’ve got a mobile device, you can make a news package. Software such as Voddio for iPhone creates a one stop shop to make voice-overs, add photos and edit video.
Recording from mobile is a cleaner experience. Without the need to send camera crews and $10,000 cameras, reporters can shoot on the fly the moment things happen. Mobile also allows for more interesting camera angles that can’t be reached with traditional cameras.
Despite it’s advantages, mobile reporting is not the end game. The quality is less polished because the angles are fixed and the video can be shaky. More vitally, advertisers aren’t throwing their weight behind online news, yet. Like any company, media outlets need to make money, and until it’s unprofitable, broadcast news will continue to survive.