Andrew Nusca offers a media reality check to the conventional wisdom that today’s journalist must be a camera-toting, video-editing, pen-and-paper wielding jack-of-all-trades:
As new media has increased in popularity and usage, this myth has populated of the multi-talented reporter — you know, the one carrying all the gear a few paragraphs back. And while it’s certainly an ideal, it’s not a necessity. In fact, it’s barely a reality.Thus brings my first point of this New Media Reality Check: most news organizations simply don’t operate that way.
The same thing applies to publications, moreso as it gets bigger. Whether the publication in question is a newspaper or a magazine or a radio/TV station or a website, the assembly line theory of the Industrial Age still holds true: a writer reports and creates the story, an editor edits it, a photographer shoots art for it, a production editor lays out a template for the story to appear and another editor (or two) looks at the entire package, all while being fact-checked and copy-edited by another person dedicated to that task.