I started at The Knox Student with an Olympus E-PL1, a dinky little DSLR that took half-decent photos. When the camera first debuted in 2010, it was one of the best in its category, taking sharp photos in bright daylight, grainy but clear ones in lowlight and HD videos in 720p.
Today, the Olympus E-PL1 is on par with most smartphones.
Technology has evolved to improve the quality and accessibility of multimedia tools, and I learned from my time in DC that journalists are using this to their advantage.
Photos and videos, whether they’re taken on DSLRs or smartphones, look better than ever before. Mobile apps Periscope and Meerkat have simplified livestreaming video. Major news media outlets are not only on Twitter and Facebook, but Instagram, Vine and Snapchat.
As Co-Editor-In-Chief, I’m going to work to utilize these new tools to tell stories in new ways and better engage with the community.
Expect to see this paper on all forms of social media, and look forward to seeing more photo galleries and videos accompanying our award-winning coverage. Aside from that, important campus events and lectures will be livestreamed and recorded for future analysis, and alongside the paper, our staff will also work on producing short-form documentaries and multimedia projects.
This doesn’t mean our content will be different. Our writers and photographers will continue producing strong investigative pieces, and our standards for content won’t be forgotten as we take on our digital initiatives. But the mediums by which we produce our work will expand and evolve.
We hope to interact and engage more with the campus community next year, both digitally and in real life. This is a promise that has been made every year since I’ve been on staff, but next year, we’re going to push our staff harder to make sure our presence is felt.