But First, Lemme Take A Selfie

On the first day of my summer internship at WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, I was shocked to learn that reporters shot their own video. I had always believed, and never been told differently, that every reporter had a photographer to do the dirty work for them.

Boy was I wrong.

Reporters are now called multimedia journalists (a buzzword sure to impress). They need to know how to pitch story ideas, shoot video, edit footage, write the story and read the prompter on camera.

With new technology it is certainly possible. Editing software makes this easier. Cutting and pasting tape is now possible by pressing, “command X” and “command V.”

It will certainly become more convenient as new technology emerges.

One of my classmates wrote a blog about the selfie stick and it got me thinking, when will news stations start sending journalists out with these contraptions instead of heavy, expensive equipment.

If you guessed that they already were, you’re correct.

Maybe not in the United States, but in China.

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CCTV News, the English news channel in Beijing, is sending reporters out with cell phones and selfie sticks to do live shots, sans photographer. Is it cheap and lazy or genius?

One man has an entire YouTube channel devoted to what he calls “Seflie Journalism.” Perhaps it’s the next trend in broadcast.

Nevertheless, it’s a humorous example of how technology changes the field of journalism. Jobs that once took a crew now require a retractable stick.

I think there is something to be said for introducing new techniques into traditional practices.

  1. It moves the process along: As technology changes the business must adapt.
  2. It makes the job easier: Less equipment to lug around, less room for error. Technology simplifies complex processes.
  3. It allows for more to be covered: If it’s faster and easier, you can do more in less time.

While I doubt the selfie journalism trend will [selfie]stick, the introduction of new technology in broadcast is here to stay. Let’s all just hope adapting to these changes does not look as silly.

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