Gd is a VJ

With new technology always comes new terminology.

New verbs like:

Google(ed) – to search on Google

Text(ed) – to send a text message

Facebook(ed) – to look at, send a message, make a wall post, chat on Facebook.

And new nouns like:

VJ – Video Journalist

MoJo – Mobile Journalist

In the Digital Age, the image of a journalist is no longer the mousey cute woman with a short bob in high heels, clutching her clipboard close to her chest as she creeps around corners searching for a story. Today this woman’s job doesn’t end with the writing of the story, she is expected to do a lot more.

As an article on ABC online, Media mojo: inside the world of the video journo,  puts it –

Digital technology is revolutionising broadcast journalism and very swiftly changing the work practices and the stories delivered by foreign correspondents. These days, correspondents are making multi-skilling an art form. Not only are they tri-media – servicing radio, TV and online – but now they are expected to be journalist, cameraman, sound recordist and editor as well.

A Correspondents Report explored this world – the world of the VJ according to ABC’s Australia Network’s Jakarta correspondent Gavin Fang.

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Fang is 34 years old and married with two children. Before he went to Jakarta he was a reporter and producer with the ABC in Melbourne.

Like the rest of us [see Good Morning Facebook, can I get you a coffee?] a typical day for Fang starts out with the internet, to see the news from around the world and especially in Indonesia. Although, he already knows what is ahead of him for that day, except of course for breaking news.

As a video journalist, he has to shoot these stories.

He also has to produce them.

He also has to question them.

He also has to edit them.

So there is a lot of planning before he even starts.

So he’ll go to do an interview.

He has to be the camera man.

He has to assess the location.

He has to set up his gear.

He has to make sure the lighting is right. 

He has to chat to the talent – making sure they are comfortable.

Then he’ll be the journalists – asking the questions.

Then he’ll pack everything up and go back to the office.

Then he’ll Edit, write and send back to Australia.

He basically does the whole thing.

See for yourselves.

In his own words,

It’s a bit of a juggling act. It’s trying to do the job of three or four people if you like as one person, and trying to plan and have everything organised and structured so that you can do all that to a normal daily television deadline.

There is an issue with quality control. Fang himself admits the quality of the story that the audience receives is not necessarily as crisp as it could be if it was created with the old-style of reporter plus cameraman. Although he tries his best and is improving with each story.

So while improved technology has actually created much more work for the reporter is has also created much more fun and many more opportunities. As Fang gets to go to places and see things that a full media crew would be never be able to – as he is totally mobile.

So from creation to the end, a news story is all in the hands of the VJ. The VJ has all the power.

Here’s Pink with her latest re-release – God is a VJ

If God is a VJ
Life is a TV
Love is the Journo
You are the story

If God is a VJ
Life is a TV
You see what they’re givin
It’s all how you read it

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3 Responses to “Gd is a VJ”

  1. Bianca Villarosa Says:

    Hey!
    Journos definitely have their work cut out for them these days – it is a little bit crazy. After going on a uni excursion to SBS with my journalism class and chatting to some of the senior members who worked there, they confirmed journos had to be flexible and be able to embrace and use technology in today’s day and age because despite staff cuts, the public still wanted news now. This was because you didn’t have a “crew” any more – if you wanted footage – then you go out and film it. Hence you were given a video camera with your desk. It appears to be quite high pressure and the older journos are needing to adapt otherwise they face the possibility of getting booted out and replaced with young tech-savvy, out of uni-journos who will use any form of technology they can get their hands on including the net, video cameras, cameras, audio equipment and other bits and pieces. I guess as times change so do people but putting the workload of four people onto one newbie journo seems a bit rough – at the same time that appears to be the business so the best thing to do is get as much as experience as you can and hope for the best (and that you know where the power button is on the camcorder when that life-changing event happens and you just happen to be there).

  2. lisamonique Says:

    Thanks for your comment Bianca! This whole issue definitely encourages learning how to multitask – but I think this applies to a lot of jobs these days and the idea that technology both cuts the time and costs of things, but also creates more work for us!

  3. reneespeak Says:

    This is so wrong! Journalists are put under too much pressure these days: not only do they have to do multiple people’s jobs, but they also have to worry that they may lose theirs (with newspapers folding and media companies downsizing). Journalists are so important to society and they’re being taken for granted. It sucks.

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