Computers in Broadcast and Cable Newsrooms: Using Technology in Television News Production

Computers in Broadcast and Cable Newsrooms: Using Technology in Television News Production

Computers in Broadcast and Cable Newsrooms: Using Technology in Television News Production

Computers in Broadcast and Cable Newsrooms: Using Technology in Television News Production

Synopsis

Computers in Broadcast and Cable Newsrooms: Using Technology in Television News Production takes readers through the use of computers and software in the broadcast/cable newsroom environment. Author Phillip O. Keirstead began writing about television news technology decades ago in an effort to help television news managers cope with technological change. In this text, he demonstrates the myriad ways in which today's journalism is tied to technology, and he shows how television news journalists rely on varied and complex technologies to produce timely, interesting, and informative broadcasts. Using a hands-on, practical approach to cover the role computers play in various parts of the newsroom, the volume will be of great practical value to undergraduate and graduate students in advanced broadcast/news television courses.

Excerpt

Computers in Broadcast and Cable Newsrooms: Using Technology in Television News Production traces its origin to 1980, when the author began writing about television news technology in an effort to help television news managers cope with technological change.

Journalism is tied to technology. Although means of distributing news preceded the invention of the printing press, it was the technology of moveable type that allowed printers to reproduce copies of documents at reasonable cost, leading to the development of newspapers. Likewise, the invention of radio and television led to new and better ways to share information with large numbers of people. Today's television news relies on varied and complex technologies to help journalists produce interesting, informative broadcasts. Television journalists must combine proficiency in fact-gathering, storytelling, and performance, while comfortably applying a variety of devices and technologies to publish their work. The complexity of creating a television news broadcast has created a need for a unique position—the producer. Producers are journalists who juggle the complex interpersonal management relationships inherent to a news staff, the editorial demands of accurate, ethical journalism, and the production devices and techniques that are employed to orchestrate a fast-moving, interesting, and informative news broadcast.

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