Saturday, February 27, 2010

Yup, the future is Max Headroom-ish ...

The Shot Heard 'Round the Industry: Backpack Journalism on the Rise

Will the increased demand for correspondents' multi-tasking hurt the quality of their reporting?

That's the big question as prodigious job cuts at ABC and elsewhere force more correspondents to shoot their own video, gather their own sound and edit their own pieces in addition to reporting them.

Certainly, the consolidation saves money, but at what cost to journalism?

To many, the question is moot. Digital one-man bands are the inevitable result of a receding economy and an advancing technology. Expand your skill sets or it's game over.

Others argue that reportage suffers when a correspondent - particularly a veteran used to having a crew - botches a breaking interview because he's worried about getting the shot.

Read it all at TVNewser.