Trint’s whitepaper, The Medium Really is the Message: How technology transformed journalism… and why the next revolution has already started, explores the different ways in which journalism has been influenced and improved by technological advances – from the printing press to A.I.-powered transcription.
Its first chapter – From the Telegraph to TikTok – looks at two of the major revolutions in technology that changed journalism for the better, through the eyes of Trint CEO and Founder and former war correspondent, Jeff Kofman.
Kofman started his career as a political reporter in Toronto in the 1980s, before becoming a foreign correspondent and war reporter for ABC News in Iraq, Libya and Latin America. His experience has given him a unique perspective on the role of technology in telling stories. And throughout his 40-year career in journalism he’s witnessed – and adapted to – some of the most profound shifts the news industry has made thanks to technological advances.
The Connected World
From the cumbersome and costly world of print and television news bulletins to the connected, round-the-clock, first-person coverage we see today, Kofman has seen the changes in action. He says: “It's not just a single revolution, it's a series of revolutions that have happened in broadcast technology over the arc of my career, and they have completely changed the way news is told.”
In the digital age, it's hard to imagine a time when all news stories were written by hand or recorded on videotapes that were difficult to copy or edit. But it’s not just the development of more advanced hardware – like cameras and computers – that have been the most significant help to modern journalism.
The Non-Linear Gamechanger
In the whitepaper, we look at some of the new software that came next, and gave journalists the ability to write and edit their work in a non-linear way for the first time – a breakthrough that has influenced the way the news is made ever since.
For some, the idea that anyone can share ‘news’ via the internet might seem like the breakdown of the barrier that once held journalists as the gatekeepers of current affairs. But in reality, the professionals are harnessing this power – and access to more information – to make the newscycle even more relevant than before.
The whitepaper also explores how connectivity has made journalism easier, not only for creating and submitting stories, but also for communicating securely with sources. As technology touches every part of the newsroom, new and evolving platforms offer journalists the ability to free up their creativity and capacity so they can tell the stories that matter.
Download the whitepaper here to find out how these developments through time are helping journalists right now, and what direction the next technological revolution is taking.