Monday, May 01, 2006

Video killed the newspaper reporter

This interesting special report from Editor & Publisher echoes what I have been hearing from newspaper editors -- daily newspaper reporters are increasingly being asked to provide multimedia elements, particularly video, with all of their stories.

Here's a quote from Argus Leader reporter Megan Myers: "There has been a concerted effort by the home office to get video with just about every story."

And another from Mary Beth Schneider from The Indianapolis Star: "It used to be that as a newsroom reporter, you had time to reflect and write the story. Now we still have to reflect, but we don't have the time."

It's a far cry from the days when I was sent to the mall with a camera to get reaction to the State of the Union speech and a picture of each person who was willing to talk to me and had watched the State of the Union speech (there weren't many, as I'm sure you can imagine.) But it's reality for today's reporters.