When journalists appeared on this kind of “jumbo screen,” (3 square feet!) all news gatherers had to dig deep for their stories.
Remember when the word Twitter was never a part of a news story?
I miss those days.
The first time I saw a Twitter news story—you know the kind where a person stands in a studio beside a big screen and points to Tweets written by prominent citizens, or ordinary citizens who write something pithy—I was looking for information about an Important Community Event. To inform me about that event, the news source relied on Twitter. He hadn’t:
- left his cushy chair, except to walk to the big screen
- made a phone call
I was shaken. How is that news coverage?
These days, anyone, anywhere can post information that hasn’t been fact-checked, or even alternative fact-checked.
Enter COVID-19 and social distancing. Even if journalists wanted to leave their cushy chairs to interview someone in person, it’s not allowed. It is not only acceptable but expected that journalists use Zoom, or FaceTime, or Google Meet, or any number of other such resources for video interviews.
What happens after social distancing passes? How many of our news gatherers will continue that practice because it’s easier, if less effective?
The newsrooms of the most reliable news sources don’t have the staff they used to; people don’t pay for news when there’s so much free stuff floating around out there.
Because we’re not paying, we’re paying in a different way.
Reliable, trustworthy, in-depth news is getting hard to find. Thinking about it has me feeling a little tech-ed off.
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