The origin of a species: 'the distributed newsroom'

Cokley, John, and Eeles, Sally (2003) The origin of a species: 'the distributed newsroom'. Australian Studies in Journalism, 12. pp. 240-261.

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Journalism educators everywhere are coming to grips with new media newsgathering and delivery channels such as digital editing, Internet and other digital networks including mobile telephony. Major local media groups including the ABC, News Ltd, Fairfax, APN and Channel 9 (among others), have all rolled out various forms of digital and online reporting and delivery. But as Australian academics plan these new "online newsrooms", they have had to face up to budget limitations which threaten to smother professionalism and realistic industry practice. this article documents research and development in 2002 of a "distributed newsroom" at Griffith University's Nathan campuses in Brisbane and Logan. Features of the Griffith University Distributed Newsroom (or GUDNewsroom) included an economical and widely distributed network architecture, low-end equipment and processes and, most importantly, a high level of student involvement and news management, mimicking daily newsrooms in rostering, assignment of tasks and editorial responsibility. The media artifacts produced included a typical news website updated daily, SMS and email headline-and-briefs bulletins, short sound and video grabs spawniing Windows meadia player on RealPlayer applications, PowerPoint objects and a PDF "print publication". From day one, participants were encouraged to see themselves as generic news journalists for all media.

Item ID: 13728
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1038-6130
Keywords: digital technology; journalism; newsroom
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Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 03:15
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