Journalism today, to me, is in a very interesting place.
Currently, I think too many people have confused our field with simple buzz word reporting. They think anybody who stirs up controversy or tosses rumors around is a legitimate journalist. It may be coming to a point where a respected, proven journalist may be one of the most misunderstood professions around. So what’s to blame for that?
See, today’s society moves at such a fast pace that people do not want to spend a lot of time reading or watching stories. They want quick highlights, a sufficient summary. No emotion needs to be involved, no background really given; just give me the facts. Popular sites like Twitter are a perfect example of our current position.
You have 140 characters to compose a tweet. Many people, especially avid Twitter users, get their news from such tweets. There is only so much you can say in that little of a character count. Can anyone really get the who, what, when, where, and how out of that size?
I would say not really. There’s enough there to get the basics, but that’s not the type of journalism or reporting I grew up admiring. Call me an old soul, but there are times where I wish I could go back in time and live in an era where you needed to actually tell a story to explain an event to another person, where you actually had to physically talk to them. To be able to do that, especially in an effective and even artistic manner, is a rare talent.
I’m not strictly speaking on entertainment value here either. I just happen to think the subjects we cover tend to have a great deal of depth. Such depth requires a deep look into what has made them who they are, what they did to get to their current position. We used to care so much about the person in the photo on the front page. But now we only want to see whose face it is.
If there is one thing I want to bring in my work, it is the aspect of real storytelling. I feel like multimedia is the perfect medium for me to do so, since the combination of different aspects of reporting are like pages in a book. You can bind stills, audio, and video all together to give a full and closer look at your subject. It’s an opportunity to leave nothing unturned, and with what I have seen so far in this multimedia course, I am more than ready to start turning things over.
It’s time to get back to the roots of our trade, the real backbone of our craft. Storytelling is the backbone of journalism, the passion that fuels us to go out into the field. The world is overflowing with stories to be told.
And I believe I’m ready to start telling them.