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].