Los Angeles, CA--The Covid-19 catastrophe may well change forever the way TV news is gathered and broadcast.
The nation’s news operations have been forced to have some reporters work from home. They’re suddenly gathering news as they conduct their routine interviews via Zoom, Skype and Facetime.
The Multi Media Journalist is a mainstay everywhere except where the photographers unions are politically anchored. That’s all about to change.
Drones, smaller and cheaper DSLR type cameras are capturing startling video images. Quality video live streaming has never been so easy. The technology learning curve for reporters is no longer an obstacle.
The increased efficiency and cost savings connected to news gathering are really monumental.
There will always be a need for helicopters, and news crews to chase breaking news. We need to forever end those ridiculous and expensive reporter’s live shots in front of stale crime scenes that serve no useful purpose whatsoever!
The result of this will be more and better news stories. More reporters and producers can be hired with the cost savings.
News gathered and reported in the field will have a new look of immediacy with the exciting creativity and style of those sucessful modern YouTube vloggers.
These may be amazing times if actual news replaces those politically divisive talking heads once again. Viewers want real journalists, not propaganda purveyors. Perhaps the term, Fake News will finally disappear.
I’m convinced the talking heads have driven viewers away from their TV sets.
Lastly let me say that focus groups have led news managers down the same road for far too long. It’s understandable, they are comprised of idle people that simply don’t have a life!