The future of journalism is digital. Many news organisations and editorial offices fought against plummeting circulation with simple redesigns and other unsuccessful measures for way too long. They tried to save their old business models and lost valuable time. The focus was on print and content from print was simply published online, often completely free and without the same amount of effort and detail as in a printed newspaper or magazine. A good printed product only can be produced when great journalists, designers and experts from other areas come together – the same goes for online, but just now many are realizing this.
Innovation in The Field of Storytelling
In a so called “post-truth” era, with rightwing populists on the rise internationally, high quality journalism is more important than ever. But future publications will only win back trust and win new customers for digital subscriptions, if they not only focus on good reporting, but equally focus on excellent design and a great user experience as well. Some news companies such as The New York Times are fully aware of this and successfully running a subscriber based business model with a paywall for their online content. They are innovators in the field of storytelling and devoting much energy into continuously developing new formats. Other excellent publications like The Guardian have been keeping their content open for everyone, but they heavily rely on advertising income and are increasingly struggling.
Whatever the business strategy might be, high level photography and multimedia storytelling play a crucial role in a successful future for news and other media organizations.
This is still a very turbulent time for journalism, but it couldn’t be any more exciting with so many new possibilities of visual storytelling emerging.
So what can I do for you?
For the past 7 years I have been working in the field of visual journalism. I have worked as a photojournalist and photo editor for various publications, have been running an award-winning online magazine for young photojournalism since 2010 and have been teaching regularly for several photography and journalism schools.
If you are in the process of redesigning or rethinking your online (or print) publication I can help you improve the quality level of your photography and visual storytelling. I can:
- give you technical advice on how to optimize imagery for publication
- find ways to improve your image editing workflows
- work with your web designers and engineers and define technical features for visual elements such as image galleries, slider etc.
- develop new visual storytelling formats with your team
- help you find the best emerging talent in visual journalism
- train your staff in the area of photo editing and storytelling