Upon my return to Advanced Multimedia Journalism, I was required to, shoot and edit a video of myself, essentially interviewing myself on what I foresaw the future of journalism to be.
In that self-interview I described how multimedia was the new wave of journalistic reporting, incorporating all aspects of every platform. This mulch-faceted approach seeks to gather all audiences, those who like to read news, see news, hear news and interact with news.
All of this is made possible through new and emerging media, such as Meerkat and Periscope, which allow an audience to tune in to a live stream of whatever event, occurrence or scenario is being live streamed. These apps and more have forged their way to the forefront of media platforms, allowing journalists to report in new and interactive ways, while also allowing for the direct connection and communication that much of the world has grown accustomed to.
I recently received an invite from Poynter’s University to partake in a webinar, in which a professional speaks to various ways journalists can take advantage of Snap Chat, a popular social app that allows its users to share 10-second or less videos and pictures of their daily lives and interactions.These pictures and videos expire within 24 hours or immediately after being opened, if sent privately. Initially I was taken aback, as I was not expecting to see a medium in which I use for talking to and with friends, being used by my colleagues.
Let’s for example, take the recent uprisings in Baltimore, Maryland, journalists can use Snap Chat as a tool to build a following, but also to share the a “day in the life” of a city in anguish and despair.
Aside from Snap Chat, journalists can also use the aforementioned live streaming services to allow an audience to see what is happening, without interruption of a time limit.
In order to share the stories of the people, it is likely that journalistic will continue to incorporate voices of the people in their multimedia pieces.
Let’s take the example of Baltimore again, Black Twitter (a community of twitter users who discuss topics of and related to the black community at large), and twitter users around the world chime in with introspective thoughts of the protesting, looting and other behavior occurring in the capital city of Maryland. Journalists can use platforms like Storify, to weave these voices together into one coherent narrative, narrating the story of the Baltimore uprisings.
As uprisings continue to occur, and events both natural and man made continue to plague the inhabitants of this world, there will be journalists there, on the scene, prepared to share the stories of the people there, on the ground, experiencing whatever situation that has unfolded. As journalists continue to share these stories, and citizens continue to share/raise their voices, new outlets and mediums will continue to emerge, to allow the world to understand the complexity of the nature at hand.