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This week The Washington Post announced that they were going to train 300 people in their newsroom to be video literate. Across the country, newspapers are rapidly embracing video.
As newspapers and video migrate to the web, the transition of newspapers from purely print to a mix of print and video is inevitable. As inevitable is that they will soon become head to head competitors with local TV news stations, as they ultimately undergo the same migration.
If papers can get their act together soon enough, and produce a good enough product, they will drive local TV news out of business. Theres is probably not enough room here for both, and a newsgathering company that puts 300 cameras on the street will clobber a newsgathering company that puts 8 ‘crews’ on the street.
The bottom line issue is quality, because in the end viewers could not care less ‘how’ the story was produced- by VJ with laptop or conventional crew.
At The Newark Star Ledger, we’re gearing up for a late summer launch.
The first group of VJs has been trained, and now they’re out producing video. Yesterday, we screened the work of the first two weeks. Two weeks from training, and the results are pretty remarkable,
by Scott Lituchy