Times they are a chang­ing in an evolv­ing me­dia in­dus­try

Manawatu Guardian - - FROM THE EDITOR - By MERANIA KARAURIA Got a news story? Con­tact Merania Karauria, merania.karauria@guardian­news.co.nz or 350-3589. More sto­ries on Face­book.

Bob Dy­lan will be back on our shores in Au­gust and it’s timely to note one of his ar­che­typal protest an­thems — The times they are a changin’.

How­ever, this is not about protest, it’s about the up and com­ing jour­nal­ists, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ters and videog­ra­phers who I’ve met while out cov­er­ing sto­ries.

They are im­pres­sive. Their ques­tions are per­ti­nent and rel­e­vant, and there’s a con­fi­dence with­out ar­ro­gance. And they’re friendly.

I in­clude Palmer­ston North’s Alexan­der Robert­son in this group. Alexan­der is the Lo­cal Fo­cus video/jour­nal­ist who shared an award with NZ Her­ald/NZME and Very Nice Productions Mike Scott at the Voy­ager Me­dia Awards in Auck­land last week. Alexan­der prefers to be be­hind the cam­era, off-screen, but here’s a mo­ment to ap­plaud his work. His award was for cover­age of Les­ley Thomas and Ge­orge Grif­fiths’ on­go­ing leaky home de­ba­cle. The cou­ple thought they were buy­ing a peace­ful re­treat in the Ruahine Ranges near Ash­hurst, but the house built eight years ear­lier turned out to be any­thing but.

In their judge­ment, the two NZ Her­ald/ NZME judges Cathy Strong and Mike Val­in­tine took the un­usual step of ap­point­ing the two winners which they said re­flected “not only the in­creased qual­ity of the en­tries, but more sig­nif­i­cantly the dif­fi­culty they faced with a wide spec­trum of en­tries un­der the evolv­ing def­i­ni­tion of videog­ra­pher in the rapidly chang­ing me­di­as­cape”.

Alexan­der is a sin­gle cam­era op­er­a­tor who works alone which also in­cludes edit­ing and script­ing.

The me­di­as­cape has changed dra­mat­i­cally in the four years I was away. There are videos, live or recorded com­men­tary on ra­dio, and the dig­i­tal plat­forms we now use in the news­room keep the grey mat­ter alive. And there are the in­ter­views, the phone calls, writ­ing the sto­ries, tak­ing the pic­tures, dead­lines, fact check­ing, load­ing the sto­ries for the sub ed­i­tors to write the head­lines and place on pages, and the pic­tures into another file to be picked up by the sub ed­i­tors some­where else; then the re­turn of the pages for corrections. When one pa­per has been com­pleted, there’s another wait­ing for the next week. and this is just a weekly.

This is an in­ter­est­ing and fast-chang­ing in­dus­try, and we’re here to bring you your sto­ries.


LO­CAL Fo­cus videog­ra­pher Alexan­der Robert­son and NZ Her­ald/NZME pho­tog­ra­pher Mike Scott.

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