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Journalists are still stuck in the 1970s

Journalists are still stuck in the 1970s

It’s been oooh about five years since I last did any journalistic duty, but last night, I got to don my trilby hat and press pass once again and for a brief fun evening, I was an entertainment journalist again for quite possibly the coolest thing to hit Cardiff this year.

You would have thought that in the intervening five years, with the consolidation of computer technology and all the Web 2.0 goodness, that journalists would have changed their interview-gathering equipment a bit. Perhaps a computer that’d automatically transcribe words, or at the very least an iPod that records to MP3.

Not a bit of it. Throughout two major press conferences, the table was crammed with dictaphones, and small cassette recorders. Not a single digital recording device. And these are media professionals, who would no doubt appreciate all the time-saving a digital recording device would bring to the table. But I guess not!

2 Comments

  • I know college students who could interview using cooler equiptment. What is up with that?

  • Skarlett

    Lots of folks use thier iPods to record interviews on this side of the pond.

    It's always amusing to hear the interview subject ask, "You can record on an iPod?"

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