New technologies, new routes

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New technology leads to new practices and eventually new works. Journalism is not isolated from this factor. With the multimedia era comes a new form of journalism called Multijournalism. This hybrid discipline is an evolution of the standard journalism. It combines both the technical and the literary fields. What are the issues and risks of this approach of journalism

 

Thibault Combe
PRO arguments by:

Thibault Combe

Student @ Université PARIS 8, France. Gaming Journalist: Parlons Peu Parlons Pub @ Jeuxvideo.com

PRO: A new vision of the discipline

Multitasking had drastically improved the production pace. Relying on anyone but yourself saves a lot of time formerly used in intern communication. Being the only one taking decision inside of the production process (besides the Editorial conference) avoids a lot on conflicts. Furthermore the journalism can keep the exact track of the production progress.

Multipurpose Journalists can easily adapt to many situations and makes the work more flexible. The job keeps getting more and more efficient, the job is including new responsibilities, new perspectives where you can choose the right tool, the right platform that suits the most the information needs. You don't only think through one kind of media but through a new experience of information sharing.

 

Emelie Kempe
CONTRA arguments by:

Emelie Kempe

Swedish multijournalist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and media production. Currently studying for a magister degree in journalism. Interested in economics, politics and the uses and...

CONTRA: Losing the profession

The old profession are changing.

The old professions have changed.

The old professions of journalists and photographers does not exist in this new multimedia climate. Professions that has been under construction and working towards perfections for generations have seized to exist. Is this acceptable? Is it admissible that the specializations are being put a side in favor for a higher pace of fast publishing? In order to create a world with an exceeding amount of quantity instead of the highest possible quality.

The teams of old is lost in memory, when one person is expected to do the work of what used to be a group effort; leading to an exceeding workload, faster deadlines, less time to focus on the technical aspects and theliteraryquality. The multijournalists are their own teams, there's no security, no feedback, no help if anything goes astray; it´s them against the world.

Everyone with a cellphone, computer or tablet, can call themselves a journalist. Everyone can write texts, take photos, make videos or record audio and put it online for the world to see. This is not journalism, they´re publishing content not journalism, without the traditions, guidelines and standards that journalists around the world is permeated with.

Is this a climate beneficial for the cultivation of journalists? Or is it leading to a diminishing of the professions that has taken generations to develop. Diminishing the concepts of good journalism. Diminishing journalism itself.

The old professions are changing.

The old professions have changed.

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