Let’s stop saying “new media” and “digital media”

In addition to “new media” and “digital media,” we can also stop saying “broadcast media,” “electronic media,” “hypermedia, ” “multimedia,” and (sorry!) “print media” because all media will soon be digital rather than analogue; it will be delivered over mass electronic networks; it will have hyperlinks; and its information will be a mixture of audio, visual and words. It’s also possible that the expression “social media” will become redundant, as will “mobile media.” I hope we’ll continue to distinguish between “advertising media” and “news media,” but, maybe not. With increasingly sophisticated smartphones and with e-books, I don’t think I’m making any bold predictions.

If this is the future of media, including news media, then how should journalism schools revise their curriculums? I like the way Digital First journalists work. I’m especially interested in the visual journalist’s workflow.

“At the scene of a breaking news story, the Digital First visual journalist shoots a range of visuals for use in a variety of formats and platforms. The work will vary by story, but could include any or all of these tasks:

  • With a smartphone, he takes a few quick photos and posts them immediately to the breaking news blog, then tweets links to them.
  • He shoots video (might be with smartphone or with camera) at the scene.
  • He shoots a variety of still photos to use in a slideshow later and to provide a selection for consideration for print.
  • He records ambient sound and some interviews with an audio recorder for use in the soundtrack of the slideshow.
  • He shoots mug shots of key players if he has the opportunity, for secondary art and to archive for possible later use when these people are in the news.
  • In case of a disaster, he shoots some building/setting shots for possible later use with file photos in before/after presentations.
  • He records accurately the spellings of names of people and places, where possible by shooting photos of name tags, credentials and other documentation.

Upon returning to the newsroom, the visual journalist confers with editors to decide which visuals to edit and post online first and which photo(s) might be best for print.”



About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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