The Future of Television News
It started when my lovely and talented bride heard a promo for on NPRadio Thursday morning about a report scheduled to run on "All Things Considered" in the afternoon. The report was about the VJ effort at WKRN-TV in Nashville. A lot of attention has been given to this and sister station KRON in San Francisco.
It was a good report IMHO except for the fact that the reporter said the VJs were required to "film" their own news stories. Come on NPR people, you know better than that. The rest of it was well done and balanced with people both for it and against it. Part of the report included a promo with former anchor and reporter at the station DOTR Jamey Tucker who is currently the Faith and Ethics reporter at WKRN. By the way, I chat with JT on a regular basis and he loves his gig at Channel 2 in Nashville. It sounds like it is a match made in Heaven, so to speak. If you want to read the story by Audie Cornish or listen to it, click on this link.
And in the second "future of television news" link, check out this. I'm not that computer savvy but this is how I understand it. The information (news) is compiled and then a computer generated person lays out the news in a three or four minute newscast from your computer. The current version looks like and admits she is from some video game and then starts talking about the events in the news. I can see how this has a great amount of potential although I think the current version is about as close to a news reader as Pong is to the current generation of video games. I can see an advanced Max Headroom kind of guy down the road and he or she will be a heck of a lot cheaper than even the current local anchor talking heads.
Just remember: We have seen the future and it is here. ( apologies to Pogo).