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The Digital Newsroom - Group 9

Our presentation for the assignment, covering our views on the past, present and future of the newsroom and the advantages and disadvantages of this method of news reporting.

Kelly Spencer

on 2 November 2012

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and why it matters to us... Our definition of the digital newsroom How "The Digital Newsroom" has improved journalism Advantages So what does the future hold for the newsroom... In 1439, Johannes Gutenberg,
invented the first moveable type printing/writer in Europe. Since then the way we write and print news has evolved. In 1975 computer technology and science boomed. Computers in the journalistic workplace became key to the daily newsroom. The digital newsroom has given journalists the opportunity to use social media. As well as Facebook and Twitter, there are many other sites that can make a journalist's job easier. Social Media The influx of new technology, especially smartphones, in the digital newsroom has given journalists new ways to reach their audience. New technology Within the print
industry, the picture represents a typical example of how editors often use mood boards
to create what the final tangible publication/product would look like. It was all about the pictures and words on the
actual paper to create a graphic design on paper in the print production. Newspapers thrived into the mid-20th century, the time of popularity and success, but also the industry was potentially under threat
- not by digital news websites, but by
TV and radio! This was the first thing to really challenge newspapers. However it
survived the threat. The 'Daily Courant' was
the first 'regularly' published
paper in England coming out just twice a week. Slow Journalism was more
prominent before the digital age
as journalists mostly relied on
their journalistic instinct, investigations,
long interviewing processes and not
on the internet/ Twitter. We have conducted a survey to find out what people know and think about the digital newsroom. This is what we found out The digital newsroom Instant Feedback Despite all this, what are the costs to working in a digital newsroom? How we see it It is no longer just a room full of computers and telephones. It is the definition of a modern, quick, accurate and efficient way of gathering, producing, editing and publishing the news. The Digital Newsroom How others see it They are everywhere!!! Most of the newspapers and magazines, let alone tv and radio stations have digital newsroom. Photographs are digitalised since the beginning of the millennium, videos attract more readers/viewers, online material is slowly taking over the print material. Journalists are trained to be the media journalists meaning they are not only able to interview a person and write an article afterward; They can make that article suitable for publishing online, are capable of taking quality photos of the interviewee, recording or even filming an interview if needed, are able to do research using online database and use social media as a part of their job. What will become of us?! News reporting is rapidly changing to an online and technological world. Eventually, it will be the biggest force in news writing and reporting. Journalists are going to need to be multi-skilled; they will need to know, not only how to write, but how to do this on several platforms as well as the skill to incorporate audio and video . Today's journalists must be multiplatform wonders and those who fail to adapt to these new expectations will find it increasingly difficult to compete... the modern journalist is expected to be equally at ease cutting footage in an edit suite as they are answering phones in the newsroom. Natalie Whelan - Journalism student - The Guardian placement http://http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2008/jun/16/post68
Flickr Image - Vectorportal The newsroom will need to adapt new technology to bring it up to speed. Stories can be found and created on the go with the help of smartphones and tablets. Apps such as Ustream and AudioBoo allow people to broadcast live audio and video from their phones. The KM News Group have streamlined it's news operation by providing its staff with iPhones and Soundcloud equipment so audio can be recorded, uploaded and posted without the need for editing and plugging in leads. Flickr Image - Minneapolis Institute of Arts Interactive Newsprint For paper media to compete, it's going to have to evolve its structure. This idea is being explored by the Interactive Newsprint company. This is a type of 'smart paper' which responds to human touch. It means a newspaper can come to life by playing text out loud when pressed. Recently, the company has teamed up with the Lancashire Evening Post which saw a full interview with Prime Minister David Cameron played when the article was 'selected'. Flickr Images - Interactive Newsprint As time goes on, the amount of people working from home will increase. This poses the question, will journalists work from home? With developing technology, people don't necessarily have to be in the same room together to work. Journalists could be employed from all over the world with the 'virtual newsroom'. This would give access to a massive range of skills, knowledge and news. Will there even be newsrooms in the future? Instagram Journalists are being encouraged to use Instagram in order to share photos that may be relevant to a story, which allows them to connect with their audience on a new, popular platform. The Wall Street Journal uses Instagram images from the iPhone notes app to engage with their audience, by asking them to get involved in stories like this one. Pinterest Pinterest allows media outlets to collect pieces with a similar topic in one place by giving them a specific 'pin', allowing the audience to easily find what they are looking for. The Al Jazeera Pinterest page has a "Crowdsourced News" pin board which gives readers an opportunity to post feedback, or submit a story. Soundcloud Google+ The Google+ 'Hangout' feature has given news organisations a new way to talk to both sources and readers/audience, making it easier for them to source stories and receive audience feedback. Al Jazeera runs a Google+ page called "The Stream" which uses hangouts as a viable, and cheaper, alternative to satelite by interviewing guests and receiving live feedback from the audience. With digital media becoming the future of journalism, there will ultimately be the rise of the citizen journalist. Taken from comic-strip, Spiderman, stereotype newspaper editors portray 'the angry boss' who want their employees to go out and 'find them a story!' Highlighting the physical act of going out, finding stories rather than getting a lot of the help off the internet. Is it time to say goodbye to these old journalism stereotypes? Many journalists are using Soundcloud as a place to host radio journalism. This may be a clip from a radio show or additional content that may relate to a story that has been posted previously. The Huffington Post used soundcloud as a platform to host audio from a feature about the LA riots in 1992, which included radio reports from the time. Live Tweeting Smartphones allow journalists to tweet live from events, giving the audience information as it happens. This has become especially useful in sports journalism, with journalists frequently tweeting from football matches Video Journalists now have the ability to record and upload good quality video all from their smartphone. This is useful in breaking news stories as there may not be enough time, or it may be too dangerous, to get a camera crew to the scene. The 9/11 attacks in New York City were one of the first instances of this. Amateur footage gave the world the best insight into what was happening, as it happened. People took to the internet more than ever to share what they were experiencing. Social media and technology were still in their infancy, so basic mobile cameras and email was the biggest force. These may be known as an 'accidental journalist'. Another good example are the London Tube bombings. Without video from inside the stations, we wouldn't have known the level of devastation. This type of journalism will only continue to grow. Flickr Credits - 9/11 Photos and verseguru http://www.mediarhetoric.com/blog/how-the-internet-changed-after-911-citizen-journalism-social-media-and-mobility Social media and comments sections on news websites allow journalists to receive feedback from the audience minutes after work is published. This can make them
aware of any mistakes
in their piece,
or other things that they
may want to consider
for a re-write
or future piece. Henry Winter,
The Telegraph's football
correspondent, puts this
feedback to great use.

“I have got more weapons on my side in terms of the information I have gathered, because I have got eyes and ears out there in terms of people on twitter" http://www.column10.com/2011/06/henry-winter-on-the-twitter-phenomenon-re-born-rooney-rios-rant-off-the-record/ When asked what is their perception of the digital newsroom about a quarter of the respondents didn't know what it is, while the majority of answers included 'more technology', 'online news taking over the print', 'quicker', 'more informative' and 'more futuristic/the future of journalism'.
One of the respondents thought it should be advertised so that people would know more about it.

"The Digital Newsroom is an entirely new way to distribute your news. Bring your news to life with multimedia content, make stories shareable via social media, optimise search engine performance and maximise exposure on blogs." To the question: 'Do you think that the job of a journalist has changed and how?' most people answered positively saying that 'technologies have made it easier', 'journalists have to be more creative', 'they have to be multi-skilled' and that mainly 'the internet had the biggest impact such as making it easier to research, find someone or write a story.
Some people believe that it hasn't changed at all. "In a way I do believe that the job of a journalist has changed. However, I do not believe that this change is practical, more that the methods of communicating the information the journalist gathers has changed and become much more technology/internet based in order to fit in with society today." The Present Flickr Credit - Steven Combs Flickr Credit - adria.richards Flickr Credit - James Kirkup Flickr Credit - Nancy Serfass
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