Bridging Old and New Media Through a Camera Lens
The impact that social media has had on the media business is debatable. It's more realistic to talk about the impact online media has had on advertising in general, which, as a result, has impacted the traditional media business.
These days, journalists not only are reporting, but they they are video journalists, they're Tweeting, blogging and overall, creating a ton of content because the demand for it is high. The deadlines of yesteryear, i.e. the 5 p.m. first edition deadline, doesn't exist anymore. We truly live in a 24/7, 365 new tidal wave (notice I didn't mention cycle).
For broadcast journalists, their world is slightly different and arguably, exploding with video dominating web content. And, if you're a social web-minded member of the media who just so happens to work behind a camera and who covers the most powerful person in the world, you have a pretty interesting job.
Recently, Jim talked about his background in journalism; social media; what it's like to cover the White House; the web's impact on his business; and, the future convergence of the social web and media.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and how you decided to get into journalism?
I am a product of Washington DC. My people go way back here. My mom tells us that our great grandfather, a stone mason, helped build the Washington Monument. So my worldview was hewn from an upbringing in this Capitol city. I remember, as a child, the watergate hearings interrupting my Sesame Street. Despite my dismay, those images and names were ingrained in my psyche. Folks around here have politics in their DNA. It's inescapable - metaphorically and literally. So too perhaps, was my path to journalism. If nothing else, it was an unexpected one.
I was taking courses at Montgomery Community College - with the intent of working in audio production or radio - when I had the chance to hear the experiences of on of our professor's students who had become a desk assistant for ABC News. Her stories of the high-profile, high pressure world of a network TV newsroom ignited a fire in me. It was at that precise moment that I knew the direction my career would take. From that time on, I directed all of my energies toward pursuing that path.
Q: What's it like seeing the most powerful man in the world through your lens just about every day?Continued on the next page