Digital media trends are changing the face of journalism

How has digital media changed journalism, and how are journalists reacting?

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Day: May 10
Time: 11:25AM - 12:40PM

As we are being bombarded with doom and gloom on news broadcasts and online news outlets, this session focuses on how journalism is changing to meet the high demand of quick storytelling. How are stories being curated and checked among strong sources before going to air or being posted online? What are the creative storytellers doing to provide thoughtful and meaningful content that can help viewers understand world happenings, cultures and discoveries?

Video summary

Digital media trends are changing journalism. The changes in media and audiences are compelling journalists to redefine their approach to storytelling. The digital media trends, especially in the form of social media on the Internet and mobile phones, mean that audiences are consuming news stories in smaller, shorter snippets. So how has journalism changed in reaction? Journalists are responding by changing their delivery methods and packaging their stories for social media like Facebook or Twitter on mobile phones. But these trends in digital media are also producing the dynamic new tools that help journalists find new ways to present information and achieve discovery. The panel agrees that good storytelling will still keep the audience engaged, regardless of form, so now the question becomes, “How do you use the new tools to create content in a way that makes someone want to explore?”.

Experts in this video

Series Co-Creator, Series Director and Executive Producer, CBC’s Interrupt This Program

Series Co-Creator, Series Producer and Executive Producer, CBC’s Interrupt This Program

Digital Editor, Toronto Star

Senior Editor, Mobile & Interactive News

Elizabeth Radshaw

Industry Programs Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Video transcript excerpts

“We know that news is more than just information, it really is a story.”

“This woman in Beirut, she was this traditional journalist working for LBC, covering their government crisis in Beirut, and she thought that they weren’t doing enough to go to denounce that situation, and so she resigned from her job. I just found her covering her story herself and posting it on Facebook.”

“Form and audience. How is form changing in journalism, really where news and stories intercept? What does this mean for journalists, what does this mean for storytellers, filmmakers and TV makers, and actually, what does this mean for audiences? We know that form is changing, but now how are audiences changing? How are they consuming media in different ways, and how are they contributing to the media that we make?”

“The way we build ‘Interrupt this Program’ is rather than telling a long story of 21 minutes, we have four short stories that are intertwined. For us it’s a new way of doing television …[because] mostly [the viewers] are going to watch it on the web, on the CBC Arts site in our case, so we must adapt to this new format.”

“On my desk, there were 25 copy editors for the newspaper. That was our job, right? Now, our team basically is in charge of telling stories on mobile for your phone.”

“I think it’s about telling a story in a more human approach, rather than just a news factual approach.”

“That kind of structure of a page that has existed for hundreds of years, doesn’t exist at all anymore on your phone.”

“You’re facing a distribution module of five products plus 35 channels within those products…it means that we have to actually…rethink how we’re structuring the same stories for each of these different distribution channels. It’s a really, really difficult, it’s exciting but it’s tough.”

“Trust your content, be pertinent and you’ll be there.”

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