The world is in its expeditious momentum as technological advancements and the internet become too influential and modified. This fast-paced world does not only affect people’s way of presenting themselves in public space – as we all know it -but civilization as well. Currently, many industries, including journalism, operate by way of these developments.
Their capability to change the way of information consumption and circulation led to the existence and thriving of multimedia journalism. It helped maintain the credibility and objectivity in practice, education, and research demands in the accessible-to-all expanse of media.
What is multimedia journalism?
Multimedia journalism is a relatively new – and still developing – career path. It grew out of the expansion of digital platforms and social media channels.
The rise of multimedia journalism opened an opportunity for journalists to become storytellers who work across many dimensions. It allows them to tell stories through a combination of text, images, sound, video, and graphics. Even with this, they are still guided by the traditional tenets of journalism, such as objectivity, accuracy, credible sourcing, and strong writing.
Multimedia Journalism: A contemporary approach to news reporting
From the traditional platforms, the journalism industry started accumulating, processing, and circulating information on modern pages through the internet’s cultivation of digital platforms. Moreover, devices, such as mobile phones and computers, also contributed to this setting. As a result, audience engagement in TV, radio, and newspaper mediums are declining.
Current media consumption trends focus on visuals more than ever before. Multimedia, such as videos, photographs, and information graphics, have become attractive story forms to contemporary audiences. People consume news through the internet, expect updates, and be entertained.
With this, multimedia journalism transpires to help students pursuing journalism courses and practitioners to achieve publishing news stories across media platforms ranging from newspapers and magazines to television and the internet.
Adaptation to modernism
Respectively, demands grow for journalists to be versatile. Journalists in the digital age are expected to operate in a world of the fast-moving news cycle. Therefore, they have been disposed and eager to learn more skills and engage in new technologies. They also learn to identify great stories and tell them in the manner most appropriate for the content and the audience.
Traditional media companies deal with this by adapting to the web as a channel to deliver multimedia content and involve more audiences. It opens interactive properties that allow audiences to comment and give opinions on issues and share them with more people. From there, they can participate in discourse with other audiences and journalists.
Professionalism and ethical practice still in mind
However, striking a balance between timely and in-depth reporting is often arduous. It’s rampant in the present that the objectivity of reporting is at stake because everyone on the internet can produce information, including illegitimate, biased ones. Every time a new consumer adds up, producers of information as well.
The journalistic credibility of established news organizations is susceptible to questions and threats. Perhaps the most significant ethical issue is that multimedia journalists rely heavily on technology to gather and distribute information.
It shows that in multimedia journalism, challenges and opportunities are both presented. But what makes journalists stand out from the challenges is to act as mediators between keeping up with the changing industry and dealing with the clouded society of unprofessional news producers while maintaining journalistic values and enhancing journalism through multimedia.
Micas pursues writing and photography as a hobby and as an instrument to feature the life of people often ignored in society. She aspires to be a journalist and an all-around cool girl someday. She's in the process of making herself eloquent in writing and speaking.