Post by HVS
On Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:13:55 +0200, Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden Post by Cheryl
Why do news outlets feel a need to use video presentations > rather than
written text? I didn't get to find out what the ten words were.
BBC has drastically increased the proportion of the stories that
are on video. I hate it. I watch videos sometimes, sure, but when I'm
skimming the news stories, I want text.
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Trouble with you and me, Cheryl, is that we value efficient
transfer of information over slickness.
+1, although I don't think it's the slickness that attracts
journalists to video - it's a control thing.
I was a journalist when video was first being added to newspapers' websites, and I can attest that print journalists hated it. It mean extra work -- recording video in addition to gathering all the information needed to write a story, editing the video and posting it, all stuff we were expected to pick up on the fly without any training -- and without extra pay. (Requirements to post items to FaceBook and Twitter to promote stories soon followed. I'm so glad I'm retired.)
For newspapers, it was one of many not very successful attempts to attract more people to their websites so they could make a few bucks off additional clicks. I don't think "control" really entered into it.
Post by HVS
Video is linear, and the writer/presenter/whatever gets to control
the speed and sequence of how the story is revealed. That's harder to
do with print, where the reader can scan, read ahead, look back, and
generally decide what bits are or aren't interesting or relevant.
Both as a producer of news and as a consumer, I usually want to read my news. When I want to view it, I'll go to television or, increasingly, YouTube.
Post by HVS
Reading text is interactive; video is consumed passively.
My wife and I have access to YouTube on our living room television, via Apple TV. Increasingly, we search YouTube for background on whatever news story we're interested in. That is quite interactive. We enter search terms and try to gauge which videos are relevant. YouTube is such a vast enterprise now that you can find almost anything you want within minutes of a news event.