WEEK 2: Transformations in the Media Economy

In the coming two weeks, we’ll be examining the on going changes in the media landscape—how the internet is changing the way information is produced, distributed and consumed.

First, it’s vital to understand that the internet creates a new ecosystem, rather than simply adding digital media on top of traditional media like printing and broadcast. What’s disruptive about the internet is that it collapses the traditional distribution models.


To have a general idea of the current trends in the changing digital news landscape, read the latest Pew research.

Listen to David, Sharron and DJ discuss what does these changes in the digital news landscape mean in this podcast.
The evolution of visual forms and image making is also part of the transformation we’re talking about. While reading this essay, be aware that new technologies bring new possibilities to image making, presentation and storytelling, but it doesn’t mean that the new form will simply replace the old ones. The task for visual journalists is to find the form that best serve the story you want to tell.


And here’s a good example – “Your Phone is a Refugee’s Phone” by BBC Media Action (a charity).
Watch the “Video Now” report. Pick at least one from Newspapers, Digital and Long Form to watch, and then watch the “Recommendation” section. The other sections are also recommended.
(pick one from the three above)

Additional Readings:
A multimedia story about the refugee crisis in Europe done by ThePaper.cn(澎湃). It’s one of the first multimedia long form project produced by the Chinese media.

“Bosnia: uncertain paths to peace” is The New York Times first multimedia project. It’s done by photographer Gilles Peress and editor Fred Ritchin in 1996.

“One in 8 Million” is a collection of audio-slideshows telling stories of ordinary people in New York.

“Snowfall” is a groundbreaking web project that combines text, photo, video and graphics.

“Riding the New Silk Road” is a visual-oriented interactive. It has a nice design that uses a map to track the journey, and uses a combination of photos and videos to tell the stories along the way.

“A Game of Shark and Minnow” also uses maps effectively to provide contexts.

“Your phone is now a refugee’s phone” by BBC Media Action

And the website that has the “TLDR” button to switch between a full version article and a one-paragraph summary is Digiday (whose podcast is also highly recommended).