Los Angeles, CA—With the shrinking TV audience brought on by competitive cable TV channels and unlimited Internet sources technology determines everything.
TV news once provided terrific jobs for photographers, producers and reporters. Pink slips have been raining in newsrooms all over the world. Newspapers were limited to putting words and pictures on pulp newsprint and even that was difficult and expensive.
The sheer competition has dramatically reduced the revenue that feeds news providers and their workers. Now they all are scrambling to stay in business, keep roofs over their heads and food on their tables.
Newspaper and television executives are slowly learning that putting their content on the Internet is the only way to survive. Suddenly anyone who can write, shot still pictures and much better yet video can compete with the incredible shrinking big boys of television.
With these changes newspapers have actually bagged some Emmy Awards for their video stories! So-called newspaper reporting has changed forever. Today we all carry a sophisticated HD TV camera in our pockets that for most people goes unused. Anyone can be trained to create a very watchable TV news story with the iPhone complete with voice-overs.
The issue after training is equipment and its cost. Editing can be done on any computer or iPad however the iPhone can do that too in a pinch. Lack of money is really no bar to telling a story via video any more.
The iPhone does lave its limitations with lenses and microphones but it seems everyday there are new hardware and software fixes being offered.