"How shall we educate and prepare future students for the big changes in the media landscape": Nord Jour Conference, Reykjavik, September 2014. Research on the industrialization of the news production

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Abstrakt

Changed viewer behavior as a consequence of the increased competition and on-demand viewership is pressuring the traditional TV news. In Denmark, the largest public service TV station, Denmark’s Radio (DR), has faced the burning platform by introducing a new workflow, framed The News Engine (corresponding roughly to the BBC’s somewhat more adequate metaphor, News Gathering). In this paper we’re focusing on the most essential part of The News Engine, DR’s TV news program at 6.30 pm, called ‘TV-Avisen’ (TVA).

While news reporters in the past were individually responsible for a broad variety of steps in the production process, the news division in DR now comprises ten ‘live teams’ that are responsible for getting interviews, shooting on location, etc., while it is left to other journalists to edit the news stories and prepare them for different platforms, and still other reporters to do live stand-ups. From the management’s point of view, the purpose of The News Engine is efficiency, content sharing and geographical diversity. In our preliminary questionnaire, however, the journalists of DR largely compare the News Engine to an assembly line that undermines their self-conception as original/genuine, creative, generalist/multiskilled and autonomous. Moreover, a vast majority of the journalists, interestingly, think that the quality of the news they produce, has decreased.

At any rate, our preliminary content analysis of TVA from 2008-2013 does show that the quality has changed significantly, suggesting that the conventional news program containing preproduced news features in a strict prioritized order seems to be disappearing and replaced by more short news and more live elements – especially live interviews – guided by a more prominent anchor. Thus, TVA now contains of a more fragmented flow of elements, carefully orchestrated, planned, and choreographed by the anchor and presented live. The storyline with its (aim of) narrative coherence moves – so to speak – from the news feature to the anchor.

Konference

KonferencePlenary session 1 - „Adapt or die“
LokationIsland universitet, Reykjavik
LandIsland
ByReykjavik
Periode25/09/201426/09/2014

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