The Future of News

As we all know, the way humans take in and use news is changing very quickly. As one who is interested in both the presentation of news and the way we consume it, I have a few thoughts on where news is headed in the future (besides the obvious one, online).

The first thing to keep in mind is that news is absolutely everywhere and not terribly hard to find if you know what you want and what to look for. However, there is so much news out there that one cannot possibly consume all of it. Ideally the individual would like to consume the news that matters most to him, but how does he decide that? More and more, news sources are becoming, and will become, hubs for the most important of news. They are really acting as trusted deciders of what news is important news and how we should view that news. Heidi Moore calls this presentation ’emphasis’. She talks about how scoops are less and less important given everyone’s access to news, but a site’s presentation of the news is what really matters. Sarah Marshall calls this new role of journalists, ‘Managers of Information’. If you know your Comm Theory, you might remember Agenda-Setting Theory. Unlike the olden times when there were only three TV channels, a sprinkling of radio stations, and not internet, the media cannot firmly control your access to information. What they can do is try to decide for you what news is important. That, I think, is part of the reason why there are such extreme views on things like cable news stations. MSNBC caters to a liberal audience because what they deem as important news matches up with their audience (and vice versa for Fox News). What I hope is that future news hubs will not follow party lines like these two networks have.

 

A Real-Life Example of Multi-Platform Journalism

For this post I am going to talk about an example that I’ve seen of Multi-Platform Journalism in use. The project is called: Discipline and the Performance of Punishment: Welcome to “The Wildest Show in the South”. The author is one of my teachers at Saint Louis University, Dr. Mary Gould. Her work details a prison in Louisiana. Every year this prison hosts a rodeo and craft fair in which the prisoners compete and also make items to be sold. Gould opens with a video, then an introduction. The video is nice because it introduces the topic and prepares the viewer/reader for the experience. The introduction connects with the reader because it has pictures that represent the author’s physical journey to the prison. The main part of the article is a series of sections. Each article section represents a different physical part of the craft fair and rodeo. The reader is able to chose which sections to read and once he does, he is able to see even more pictures and/or video of that specific area.

This project as a whole goes a long way toward engaging the reader and grabbing his attention, which is becoming harder and harder to do with traditional print media. I think it is good example of Multi-platform Journalism.

This isn’t even my final form!

This blog, which I have used for two Communication classes so far in college, is now about to undergo another transformation. I will be reformatting it to display some of the projects, papers and articles that I have worked on while I’ve been at SLU. Stand by.

Blog Reinvention

I had been using this blog for my Media and Society Lab last semester but now I need it to relate to my Intercultural Communication class -also with Dr. Gould- so I will be changing it around to fit the theme.l