Anyone out there who reads this blog will know that I both break promises and am terrible at blogging. The post on the two local filmmakers never got put up because after my interview with them they invited me to come onto one of their shoots and get some behind the scenes footage for my piece. Since then we have not been able to work out a time we can all get together and make this happen. I’ll keep working on it though so look for a post on this in the near future.
In the meantime I’m posting an assignment for my Journalism 111 class, the first part of a series on a news organization and their switch to multimedia reporting. This interview was with a young student from WSUV. She’s also an old friend of mine, and really it was just a treat for me to sit down and talk to the gorgeous Teresa Lane. Be sure to check out her blog linked at the end!
April 27th, 2012
I met up with Teresa Lane by the coffee machines in the new downtown library. She greeted me with her usual, “hey what’s up?” as she sat totally comfortable and relaxed. After snapping batteries into my audio recorder and letting her know that she should feel free to interject with interviewing tips, we began talking about multimedia journalism.
Robbin Goss: Alright, this is Teresa Lane.
Teresa Lane: Hello.
R.G. Hello. Um ok Teresa so we’re going to be talking about multimedia journalism and I hear that you work for the VanCouger newspaper and WSU Vancouver.
T.L. I’m a reporter at the VanCouger. I’ve been working there since January. Mostly I just, you know, every edition of the VanCouger I try and put in 2 articles.
R.G. At the VanCouger, how have you seen, or have you seen at all, any kind of a switch from printed news to a multimedia grounding?
T.L. The VanCouger itself hasn’t really done that. We don’t have a website yet.
R.G. In how you have used multimedia in your journalism, what do you see as some advantages and then some disadvantages of using that?
T.L. Well one of the articles that I wrote was about disability services at WSUV and I think, you know, one of the things is that it’s really beneficial to be able to take pictures of things and to videotape things because it allows people that maybe can’t read or don’t have as good of vision or that kind of thing to also experience whatever you’re reporting about. There’s that - of course there’s that aspect of being able to describe something entirely without words which is also nice. I mean you don’t really wanna read an article that’s all description. You wanna know the facts. But when you see a picture you’re like, “Ok that was what the event looked like,” and that is cool.
R.G. What do you think the future of new reporting and journalism is going to look like?
T.L. In my COM101 class, we talked about mobile applications a lot. And I think that, you know, and more these days people want to, even instead of computers or just the internet on the computer, they wanna be able to have an application on their phone that says, “Tell me the news,” and then, “Oh well this happened today,” and, “oh isn’t that sad.”
One of the things someone said in my class was that, “Instead of looking for the news, the news finds you that way.” I think that that’s really powerful. And in some ways, it’s also kind of scary because we’re being told what to think rather than going out and trying to find things that we want.
|We walked down to The Academy to take a couple pictures.|
T.L. Being part of a newspaper, I think it’s really powerful to be able to appeal to your audience definitely. And I think that if we had an online website that we would be able to access more readers and access maybe the people that don’t want to pick up a newspaper every day or someone like that. I think that being found by your reader is not necessarily the way people are going about things any more.
Teresa’s blog: wherethingsbegin.wordpress.com
Thanks everyone for reading and till next time, Valete! (Latin)