Archive for the ‘Multimedia.’ Category

Extra extra.
April 30, 2010

Television news is watched by hundreds and thousands of people every night. Viewers tune in to see which stories make the main news, and on RTE and TV3, these stories can often influence news stories in print and radio after.

The face of TV news is changing to adapt to the pressures of online journalism. News based programmes like Frontline with Pat Kenny have had to adapt by adding interactive online aspects to programming, such as Facebook and Twitter. This means that through the show, Pat Kenny can read comments from his laptop on his desk. It’s about as interactive as it comes.

Websites for RTE and TV3 allow for an online news archive, extremely useful for people who have missed the news and don’t have the privellege of Sky Plus. This is the future for TV news and TV news based programmes. They have moved with the times, which shows great initiative. They are now providing extra to what they have always been known for.



I want to get digital.
April 19, 2010

We started off writing with the humble rock and tablet, scratching our thoughts out. We had hieroglyphs, the Latin alphabet and Ogham. We figured out out to make paper from trees. We discovered lead, so we had pencils. We invented ink, we had quills. We had made plastic, so we had a pen.

Then we invented the computer. That’s when things really changed. Technology took off. Everyone had to have their own computer. Huge things they were, gigantic white boxes in the corner of your kitchen. Then they began to shrink. The personal computer became smaller and smaller. We went from the full blown package to being able to access the internet on our mobile phones. Isn’t it amazing?

Laptop computers were invented, probably one of the finest inventions ever. Then they began to shrink into those dainty little laptops that college students always seem to own. But don’t be fooled by their size, they still pack a punch technologically.

The newset computing gadget is the iPad, the love child of an iPod and a laptop. They look beautiful, sleek and sophisticated. With a 9inch screen, a built in speaker and 10 hours of battery life, it sounds like it could rival the humble laptop. But could it?

Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal said that it was pretty close to being a ‘laptop killer’. In his article, he goes through the pros and cons of the iPad, saying that if all you do is social-network, blog and use your laptop for music and photos, the iPad is perfect for you. However, like myself,  if you use your laptop for other things like for writing word documents, you’ll have a problem, as it doesn’t support it. Also there’s no USB port, a big problem.

Will it help or hinder journalism I wonder? From some of the reviews I have read, it won’t suit a journalist who likes to keep up to date technologically. As I said before, there’s no USB port, there’s no camera or video recording facility, there’s no word document application. How is a modern journalist going to make use of this magical new gadget? Well, they won’t probably until a new version comes out which sorts out all of those problems.

So journos out there, stick with your laptops for now, there will come a day when all of our technological prayers will be answered, but not any time soon.

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