What has been the impact of convergence on journalism? Can journalism survive in analogue (non-digital) forms?  How well are traditional news outlets adapting? 

I saw this happening first hand in my work. In the early 2010’s expectations were changing. I was working at the ABC , desktop editing was becoming the norm. Journalists now bought their reports back to the base had the media ingested then from their desk could edit their report for television, radio and online. Lots of training was taking place. They now had to learn to edit audio and video. As an editor, I can’t tell you how many times a journo would also be running off to do live radio crosses as well. Their time was and is spread very thin. Basically, my role was taken over by journalists it was very hard to maintain shifts if all you were , was an editor. The systems and work methods were all bought in to do more with less staff.

I later saw this again when I worked in London, cost cutting was rampant, myself and one other guy were doing the work of which six editors were responsible before me. Working conditions were not good, you were overworked couldn’t take breaks as because of cost cutting and convergence. Last I heard my role in that company is now done by the multimedia department.

Under this move to convergence, organisations are having to do more with less. There is less diversity, less quality fewer media ownership which means more bias less deep investigative journalism as well. With the recent Nine Fairfax deal, newspapers have only been guaranteed for the next 5 years and regional newspapers look like their days are numbered. My take from this is whilst we continue to get a large volume of news, quality, fact checking the number of opportunities will lesson as these mega corporations trim down there workforces all in the attempt to grow profits.

 

The New Daily. (2018). Regional news, charter at risk in Nine’s Fairfax takeover. [online] Available at: https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/07/26/regional-newspapers-risk-nine-takeover-fairfax/ [Accessed 31 Jul. 2018].

 

The New Daily. (2018). Regional news, charter at risk in Nine’s Fairfax takeover. [online] Available at: https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/07/26/regional-newspapers-risk-nine-takeover-fairfax/ [Accessed 31 Jul. 2018].

 

 

How common or widespread is the use of multimedia journalism in the media?

The adaption of multimedia Journalism has completely changed the way the newsroom works and functions. As someone who used to work in newsrooms, the multimedia department was small, then the change came and everyone in the newsroom had to have those skills.

News is no longer reported in one form or another, it is always a combination of many differing media forms. When one logs into a news site such as a Fairfax paper for example. You were confronted with video at the top of the page, then followed by text and in some cases even links to a podcast.

Lately the design of The Age has changed they seem to be pulling some of the elements back a bit. Gone are the auto playing videos in most cases. We are seeing a cleaner interface with with small well laid out text passages with very clear headings interspearsed with photographs, and even live blogging and social media posts.

Pedestrian.tv is a news site that uses multimedia elements very sucsesfully. On one page you will find , audio video photography and text as well as social posts all laid out in a way that interweaves the elements to tell one complete story. Screen Shot 2018-07-10 at 2.33.07 pm

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Multimedia elements help to tell a  targeted engaging story. Peoples attention span’s are not what they used to be, so engaging all these elements helps to draw in the audience , stay longer and in most cases be, marketed to using ads.

My viewing of online content mainly begins within social media channels. I follow most things I am interested in and follow the links out to the stories. Doing this is akin to utilising a form of curation designed just for you.

 

 

 

 

The Age. (2018). Latest & Breaking News Melbourne, Victoria | The Age. [online] Available at: https://www.theage.com.au/ [Accessed 10 Jul. 2018].

Pedestrian TV. (2018). Elon Musk Has Inserted Himself Into The Thai Cave Rescue, Literally. [online] Available at: https://www.pedestrian.tv/tech/elon-musk-has-inserted-himself-into-the-thai-cave-rescue-literally/ [Accessed 10 Jul. 2018].