The different “vessels” of the news

Today’s journalism cannot be conceived without news multiformat.

The news, unlike years ago, does not die as fast as before. Or rather, it does not lose its relevance from one day to the next; it mutates like viruses, always circulating in different ways to survive and go further.

News in text format evolves towards other technological formats, such as audio and video, and its transmission models are not limited to the platforms of a printed or digital newspaper, a radio or television, but are disseminated, processed, they are amplified or adulterated, ultimately, in other ways.

Such is the example of social networks, which are not properly considered formal means of professional communication, but which are now true news centrifuges.

In them, the news published by the formal media becomes raw material for “streaming” for influencers or YouTubers who give them their particular twists, extending their useful life beyond 24 hours.

For journalists who were trained and acquired their professional experiences in print media, handling news in other modalities, such as radio and television, was not as complex as it is now, in the era of multimedia, in which many old molds have been unstructured.

Now, when approaching the writing or broadcasting of a news item, they have to be prepared to deal with the different rules of print and digital and, within this, with voice-overs in the booth or outside of it, in live broadcasts or in videos edited.

And all this would not suffice. Because it is also usual that, in addition to giving the news in any of these formats, journalists are prepared to interpret or tell the story of the events, as a first-line witness.

Their responsibility and success lie in handing true and verifiable, not invented nor distorted news.

  • Translated from Spanish by Randy Rodriguez.