Friday, March 07, 2008

25 Years of Gadgets

. . . Were presented to us by Mr Rusbridger himself. Exciting new developments include e-books, and the portable journalist kit (which allows the reported to attach their mobile phone to a collapsible keyboard and a recording device). Rusbridger continued to explain that technological developments were leading to a new breed of reporter, as comfortable with pod-casting and blogging as they are writing articles. This vision of a new, multi-tasking model of journalism included researching skills, traditionally the preserve of the library. The talk proved a timely reminder of the increasing incursion of Google into the researcher's domain, and the importance of remaining relevant in a changing environment.