24. Keeping an eye on upcoming developments

The internet is constantly changing. Who would have bet 15 years ago on the advent of social media or online video platforms? Working in a media outlet also means keeping abreast of new techniques that could change the profession tomorrow. Here are a few examples.

Streaming, the new playground for journalists?

Twitch, does that name ring a bell? This platform brings together millions of viewers around the world on a daily basis. They follow people who share their passion (usually in the world of video games) on video and live from their rooms. Some companies or groups of streamers have even developed channels with specific programming, just like television channels.

The platform’s content has evolved in recent years with the appearance of many channels dedicated to talk.  One popular independent news channel on Twitch dedicated to discussing progressive views on issues that affect everyone is TYT.

VR, 360° video

While video is the leading online medium, innovations in this area should always catch your attention. The development of mobile video continues, but innovations are mainly coming through cutting-edge technologies. 360° reporting is gradually making its mark, notably through the work of Tool in the US.

Virtual reality (VR) has not yet found its place online, but it has in televised news. The equipment used for virtual reality production is still extremely expensive, but it could become more widely available in the coming years.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence has already made its mark in British newsrooms. It was used, in particular, by the BBC on their website during the most recent general election. Specialists estimate that in the medium term, virtual robots will be able to write about 10% of the content currently written by humans. This will give people more time, so they say, to work on long formats and investigations. To be continued.