Initial ideas

Spoof news room that is to be three minutes long. To contain a newsroom and presenter. I was thinking along the line so BBC threes news in 30 seconds.  The news channel focus’ on celebrity pop culture.

In turns of news i thought that they could be several news stories, such as – A celebrity spotting, A cat walk show, A movie premiere and a new album release maybe.

700 word hypothesis

Media development within journalism                                                                          Jade Stipetic

Digitalisation has shaped the way that we view news forever and it is continuing to develop. Therefore the change in which we view news is still continuing. What technological advances could happen next? I am going to hypothesise what I think could be possible for the future of technology based on the development on certain mediums so far.

The development in new technologies and interactive environments has led to an argument about a paradigm shift within the media world.  Within journalism we used to receive our news from newspapers which then later developed to the television and now the internet. However, since news has become online based has there been a paradigm shift? A change in the way we view news due to technological advances means that therefore the rules of news has changed drastically. The methods of viewing the news have transformed, having now using social media sites and blogs. The rise of citizen journalism is shaping a new reality for news as a whole.

Due to citizen journalism in the form of web 2.0 such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter mean that people are finding their own news and creating a postmodern alternative. Using sites for information and piecing them together how they want to see them. Sites such as Storify allow this to happen. Therefore I assume that in the near future a virtual newsroom will be developed. Ideas such as the Google Glasses make this idea seem possible. The newsroom could allow you to have a holographic room in which you can use the internet and drag and drop whatever information you want to see. The apps which I created for this group project explain it visually.

When you think about the development of journalism on different platforms they used to use a simple notepad. Now journalists use their laptops, tablets and even mobile phones to report data back to the newsroom instantly. What could happen next to further develop journalism? Holograms? Which can be sent via mobile devices? This type of technology would ensure that the audience will consume factual information instantly. Unlike news at the moment which can be deceiving due to the existing technology which we use at the moment.

Technology such as Photoshop, the Syrian Photoshop scandal in which worldwide newspapers were manipulating photographs taken in Syrian cities, changing the backgrounds to make Syria look in a worse condition then it is. Technology like this beholds bad practice for journalists and the news as a whole. Therefore I hypothesise that new technological advance such as Diminished reality could have promising improvements for the way that we view news.  Purely because the video that the audience is consuming will be live however, not deceiving.  The reason it won’t be deceiving in my opinion is because the news only displays now, on any platform what they want to reveal and therefore I think that having the option to take away on live video what ever they want to would be an excellent development within the news. I also think that the news will be published faster as the editing time would be cut down. Therefore consumers of news will have even more content then they ever have.

In conclusion I think that the development in technology can only get better. The development of news gathering platforms has already rapidly grown to the point where there is already so much you can achieve just through using the internet. If you could use more than one platform at once and live share and edit at the same time then journalism has a long way to go and many platforms to use and explore.  Especially citizen journalism, creating your own news taking content from a collection of resources could not be easier.

 

 

Essay about my work in the group project

My part in the digital content and creation work.

The Digital Media Content and Creation module requires the group to create a piece of work that will challenge and explore current media technology and how we got from start to present. The aim was to explore what is possible for future technologies and interactive environments as a whole.

At the start of the project the group didn’t really know how we were going to explore and present the topic of our choice. Therefore we all completed some basic research in order to generate an idea of how were going to show and explain future technologies and our ideas of what could be possible in the near future.

My research consisted of looking at five websites which regarded major topics in journalism. These topics explored manipulation within the media from the 1900’s to the present.  Diminished reality was one topic; I found that university students in Germany have developed a piece of video editing software. The software allows you to live film and remove any object that you don’t want in the shot.  What impact could this have for the future of the media industry? I explored a few possibilities and one example would be that if a bad example of continuity occurred during filming something, the object could immediately be removed.

I also looked at the Syrian Photoshop scandal, in which worldwide newspapers were exploiting Syria. They did this through manipulating photographs taken in Syrian cities using Photoshop. For example one of Austria’s largest daily newspapers ‘Die Kronen Zeitung’ published a photograph of a man holding a young child; the man was walking next to a Syrian woman in a city called ‘Aleppo’. However, the photograph was said by readers to be suspicious.

The photograph was in fact published on a blog a few days before the paper had used it, the paper had changed the background of the image They alleged to have used Photoshop to exaggerate the state of Syria at the time. A similar subject to the diminished reality topic, newspapers can sometimes be deceiving in the sense that they don’t add all of the information that is present; however, the Syrian scandal is manipulating their audience, which struck many debates.

Likewise BP manipulates facts with Photoshop. BP confessed to using Photoshop to edit a photo of an oil spill back in 2010. The picture was terribly edited and it was immediately obvious that it had been tampered with even to amateurs.

Photo manipulation began in 1917; another case study I researched was The Cottingley Fairies, in 1917 two girls wanted their father to believe that fairies were true. They took photos of each other stood next to pictures of fairies, photography experts and spiritualists even believed them.

I researched other manipulation within the media such as video manipulation, looking at films such as HUGO (2012) and how they used to edit videos in the 1900’s.

Lastly, I researched The Dove evolution project, in which the company Dove created a short video of a female in a natural state. They then changed her make-up and her hairstyle. The designers then manipulated the photo using specialist editing software. Making her neck longer, hair thicker and her eyes/mouth bigger.  The video then shows the advert being placed on a billboard which is a real shocker in society. It makes you think of what we think beauty truly is and how our perception of it is distorted.

 

After I had researched these websites and everyone in the group had performed their research we had a rough idea of what technology could possibly achieve for journalism. Therefore our idea is to show how current technologies could make a virtual do it yourself newsroom, created by a series of applications which can be downloaded on a series of platforms.

In light of this idea I began more research, this time focusing on    Holographics. The reason I chose to research Holographics is because a virtual news room could possibly work using this. The development of future technology could mean that you could use a computer which projects a virtual news room thus controlling with your hands. Much like an Xbox Kinect works.

I used YouTube to review videos which feature Holographics.  The first one I looked at was what a phone could look like if it had this capability, similarly I researched laptops/ desktop computers with the same capabilities. During my research I discovered ideas from other people such as holographic screens, how you could own a holographic screen to surf the internet, communicate and display ideas such as presenting.

I find this idea as a whole revolutionary, after discussing the idea with the group we thought of ways in which to display this idea for future technology. We decided to create a video which shows the group using a holographic newsroom. However, to create the video would have taken too much time.  Therefore the group decided that we would create some apps so that people could control their very own virtual newsroom, an alternative to finding news sources such as the television, internet or newspaper.

After this meeting, I created five applications that could be created and could possibly further change the way we view news or create journalism.

The first app I created is a breaking news application. This would function by collecting a series of news headlines taken from different sources, such as top news stories. All complete with Links to the original websites they come from to increase trafficing.

The second app I created is a search engine, it functions by specifically having a  database/ archives for news companies. The idea is that it searches all news orientated websites, kind of like Storify. When you enter a category, that category leads into another one for an in depth search. For instance, Politics > Mandate.

The third app I created is a app app, an application that holds other journalistic applications all in one place. For example, a notepad, maps and linked to all the other apps I have created.

The fourth app I created is a Journalistic video app, it functions through gathering a  collection of videos for news stories, interviews and possible amateur workings… links to YouTube, links to websites with news videos on a global level, example The BBC.

Finally, the fifth app I created is a weather app, view the weather where ever you are. You can draw on the map; update` pictures to places check-in and share to social media sites. You can also create your own weather updates as to where you are. so it’s a user generate content weather app essentially.

I believe that all these apps put together could allow users to interact with the news that they consume, after I created these I uploaded all of my information to the shared presentation.

Researched websites

Diminished Reality]

http://www.kurzweilai.net/diminished-reality-software-removes-objects-from-video-in-real-time

Diminished reality is something that is being perceived but not 100% factual. For example In Germany researchers have created a piece of software that enables you to manipulate live video.

The software is called ‘Diminished reality’, basically it decreases the resolution of an item that you don’t want in your video. It then entirely eradicates the item and increases the resolution. This means that when someone watches the video you can barely tell that the item was there.

This software instantly removes the object simply by drawing a ring around the object you no longer want in your video. It removes it within seconds. However, this technology that started being used in 2010 has further developing to undertake, pretty soon the world will use it massively to its advantage, possibly being used to manipulate film in the media world.

The Syrian Photoshop Scandal

http://rt.com/news/syria-ausrian-newspaper-photoshop-639/

The Syrian Photoshop scandal is primarily aimed at worldwide newspapers that exploited Syria. They did this through manipulating photographs taken in Syrian cities using Photoshop.  For example one of Austria’s largest daily newspapers ‘Die Kronen Zeitung’ published a photograph of a man holding a young child; the man was walking next to a Syrian woman in a city called ‘Aleppo’. However, the photograph was said by readers to be suspicious.

The photograph was in fact published on a blog a few days before the paper had used it, the paper had changed the background of the image They alleged to have used Photoshop to exaggerate the state of Syria at the time.

 

BP Manipulates facts with Photoshop

http://gizmodo.com/5592836/bp-photoshops-another-official-image-again-terribly

http://gizmodo.com/5593565/bp-admits-photoshopping-multiple-official-images

BP confessed Photo shopping a photo of an oil spill back in 2010. The picture was terribly edited and it was immediately obvious that it had been tampered with even to amateurs.   The picture was edited like it was to emphasise the spill. However, there are several things wrong with the picture. For instance – viewers have noticed the following:

–       “The first thing you might notice out of place is the looming air traffic control tower in the upper left hand side of the photo”

–       “the pilot appears to be holding a pre-flight checklist”

–       “The pilot has been cut out badly”

–       “The water in the tower and sea has unnatural shading and colours of blue.”

However, BP has acknowledged and apologised for the manipulation of the photograph.                    BP had this to say “BP has acknowledged their practice of photo shopping some of the official images of their Deep water Horizon clean-up efforts, and has vowed to stop manipulating photographs going forward. They’ve also created a Flickr account where you can see the unaltered originals.”

Dove Evolution

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U

Dove created a short video of a female in a natural state. They then changed her make-up and her hairstyle. The designers then manipulated the photo using specialist editing software. Making her neck longer, hair thicker and her eyes/mouth bigger.  The video then shows the advert being placed on a billboard which is a real shocker in society. It makes you think of what we think beauty truly is and how our perception of it is distorted.

The Cottingley Fairies

http://fadedandblurred.com/blog/faking-it-manipulated-photography-before-photoshop/

Before photo editing equipment was invented people thought about the art of photo manipulation or distortion. Fake photography first started in 1917. Two Girls wanted their father to believe that fairies existed, they hung photos of fairies up and took photos of each other to make their father believe that they were real.  The news travelled fast and eventually reached Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who was so adamant that the photographs were real he published books and said that “The recognition of their existence will jolt the material twentieth century mind out of its heavy ruts in the mud, and will make it admit that there is a glamour and mystery to life. Having discovered this, the world will not find it so difficult to accept that spiritual message supported by physical facts which has already been put before it.”

The art of photo manipulation is wide spread, especially now. People use it for many purposes. Posters for films and video in general are huge customers of the art. It creates an alternative reality and distorts the truth between reality and fantasy worlds.