The 1976 film All the President’s Men is an ode to a past era.
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two journalists who investigated the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post.
Nowadays, it’s a beautiful nostalgia trip. The swirling cigarette smoke, the typewriters, the copy boys, the pencils and the paper.
And, heaven forbid, the odd face-to-face conversation. It is a different world now.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email, computers, dictaphones, iPhones and for our friends at News Corp, Methode.
Journalists once spent much time out in the field; now they often report from their desks. Information is readily available via social media, people are easily contacted on the phone, quotes are easily supplied via an exchange of emails.
It is a different gig, a different job. Deadlines are a thing of the past. So are sub-editors. It’s all about online, it’s all about being first … and sometimes, it’s not necessarily about being right.
Today, the Macleay Newsroom covered the NSW bushfires and our rolling coverage was an excellent example of the power of social media and the ability to source information on the fly.
Our bulletin, presented by Krystal Johnson and Cassandra Briedis, was an up-to-date, factual presentation of the situation, a difficult thing to achieve in the fast-paced, modern era of reporting.
The Newsroom’s news tutor, Fiona West, posted a word of caution and some sage words of advice, warning about the drawbacks of the social media age.
For those seeking respite from the harshly jarring verbs of news reports about catastrophe, Sion Weatherhead’s delicate prose lent itself to to a review of Metallica: Through the Never.
The Newsroom’s team should be commended for its outstanding efforts on a trying day and thankful for the technology that made it possible to produce such brilliant work. – Matthew Connellan