How technology changes news delivery

Michael Carabott

The passage of time leads to new technology which changes the way we look at things, perceive and experience them.

The invention of the printing press led to the first modern news medium – newspapers. Things have changed drastically since the Oxford Gazette first hit the stands in 1665.

Newsprint was joined by radio in the 1930s, which took on a more prominent role as families huddled around sets to hear news about the WWII.

Television became the mainstay from the 1990s with the creation of news networks Sky, CNN and others. News evolved into a form of reality TV, and now we live in a world where news stations broadcast news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

But what about the future of journalism? Journalists, cameramen, light crews and photographers all had their own roles defined. This is all changing.

The rise of the smartphone

An article on the Reuters Institute from the University of Oxford explains how journalists now run around with smartphones creating a new breed of mobile journalism called ‘mojo’.

 

Smartphones allow the journalist to take video, record question time and quickly bash something out to relay to their news editor at the office.

News media are also increasingly making use of online communication to link with reporters on the job, or experts giving their two cents’ worth over a live Skype link.

That is where we are now.

The rise of Virtual Reality

Image: CNN

As new technology becomes available, we will also switch to new mediums, such as virtual and augmented reality.In a recent article Zillah Watson, VR Editor for the BBC said that is where news delivery is heading, but there is still a long way to go.

VR will pose challenges to producers and video editors, but what if you could put on your set and experience the story first hand? After all, that is what journalists do, they try to make you feel as if you are there.

 

Sources

Oxford Gazette

A history of radio in the UK

 

Sky News starts broadcasting

Reuters Institute on mobile journalism

VR journalism – BBC 

 Mojo journalism video: (Embedded)

 

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