Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Multiple-platform journalist in the wild
Phone. Still camera. Video camera. Notebook. Pen. (Urinal and toilets not an intentional part of the multimedia look).
Old dog dons new platforms.
I guess they'll keep packing you down with equipment until you just snap like a green bean.
The notebook and pen are a little archaic, don't you think? Haven't upgraded to a voice recorder?? ;)
We were taught to pay attention to the conversation, take accurate notes, make sure everything was taken in context. The younger group is told to get quotes and get 'em right, so only use a recorder.
It's a sad state when you read some of this stuff where the path of a news story takes left and right turns and has no real direction. Why? Because the journalist failed to be a reporter and focused on only one aspect of the job that's important in telling an accurate, entertaining story.
They also lose the ability to pay attention to the conversation, taking ACCURATE notes that reflect not only the exact words but also the tone of the interview.
Once you start using a crutch and can get by with a limp, it's hard to go back to standing up straight and walking by yourself.
I laugh at the photo, because it brings back memories. On the night desk in said "office space," there was always such a push to meet those deadlines. But what if nature calls?
I always thought it would've been wise to have pull-down mini-desks in the stalls, that way the editing and such could take place while "relaxing," allowing for a more pleasant working experience.
But that's just me.