Multimedia is becoming increasingly present in our day-to-day lives, but even more so within the world of journalism.
As young adults of today, it is difficult to remember a time where technology didn’t coincide with the workings of a newsroom. Broadsheet newspapers and 6PM editions of the nightly news were how the majority of the world consumed the breaking headlines of the day. Now, it only takes a click of an app, a Tweet or a thirty-second video clip on Facebook to inform us of current affairs.
To many, traditional forms of linear journalism such as print and broadcast are slowly disappearing, as the relationship between multi-platform journalism and convergence grows more dynamic.
Having worked full-time in a newsagency myself, I have seen such transitions as the weekly print editions of The Age turning from broadsheets to tabloids and the formation of online subscription services. While some readers (and journalists themselves) remain sceptical of where the future of journalism lies, the incorporation of multimedia has generated multiple creative outlets for young writers, as well as everyday news consumers.
News becomes instantaneously delivered in mere seconds- not only nationally, but globally. A journalist that is first on the scene to protest rally in the CBD or even a public transport crisis can deliver the necessary information to a public audience promptly and raw.
In a world where technology thrives, the future of journalism is at our fingertips.