Changing the ways of delivering news

In this era of audiovisual communication, all the molds that metered the dissemination of news have been broken.

The inverted pyramid rule, which organized the writing of the news based on its most important elements (who, what, when, how and why), seems doomed to disuse under current circumstances.

Being more audiovisual than textual, the news that is disseminated on the networks or television is almost self-explanatory through images, often without using the full scale of the pyramid.

Reporters have more laxity, more freedom, to accompany them with comments and technological applications, either with a mixture of still or moving images of other reference or contextualizing episodes, to make them more versatile and different.

The popularity and high audience that stories told and podcasts have reached on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and Spotify, have influenced young journalists today to adapt their reports to these models.

The brood of novice journalists out of university journalism schools dominate these trends. They are prepared for audiovisual journalism, not for the traditional one of print, and that is why the scenic, the handling of scripts and the techniques of editing audios or videos is their strength.

They transfer all that modern baggage to the digital newspaper, printing them a colloquial style, without being subject to the strict rules that have marked the formalities of a written press, and in that manner they connect with an immense public that wants to find out and consume. News.

Either way. We must continue to perfect these new forms of communication so as not to stay in the past, no matter how good, useful and relevant it has been in the history of professional journalism.

  • Translated from Spanish by Randy Rodriguez.