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TV as Visual Surrogate January 13, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Convergence, Journalism, Web Video.

Nieman Foundation chief Bob Giles, who I met when I participated at the Nieman Narrative Editors’ Seminar at Harvard University, says what sets TV reporting apart from print and radio is the special role of the medium as visual surrogate for the public. The veteran journalist and curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University says television’s great advantage is that it can take the viewer along for the interview. Read his article here

Does TV still mirror the world? The availabilty of unedited footage on the Web spotlights the challenge facing news networks as Internet sites supplant television as a video platform and source of information. This notion of the gatekeeper is what will ultimately harm the networks. People are starting to realize that what television standards may deny them, the Internet readily provides at Web sites and blogs – minus editorial filters.

Until traditional media see themselves as curators of information rather than gatekeepers, until they start broadcasting unfiltered images, networks will continue to lose viewers to the ultimate network, the Internet.


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