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Skype's Impact on The Future of Journalism (Part One)

This blog entry may seem a bit scattered. I apologize, I try to keep posting regularly without going more than a few days without a post. I recently was awake for a period of over 72 hours, and I have finally gotten some sleep. So, I hope that this entry doesn't seem a bit too scattered.

I have mentioned previously that I truly believe the best way to conduct an interview is face-to-face. Throughout my experience and taking an Interpersonal Communications course I know that face-to-face interaction is the best way to communicate with another person in order to achieved a shared meaning.

Skype has proven to be a way to communicate with another person that is very similar to "face-to-face" interaction. Any sort of video chat can be comparable to face-to-face, but there are always technological errors that may occur. From my own experience I know that Skype can cut in and out, or the quality could be not so great, etc.

But, for the sake of interviews and getting a reliable interview I truly believe that Skype may prove to be a better method than a phone call. Skype can be used instead of face-to-face interviews in situations where the person you are interviewing is across the country, in another country, or is unable to meet with you for any variety of reasons. I am not saying that Skype should be used instead of face-to-face, but I think that it should be considered as a means of interviewing someone instead of a phone call or an e-mail.

Skype is very beneficial toward the future of journalism. It's a great technological advancement that allows journalists to conduct interviews "face-to-face" in times when being physically face to face is not possible.

To be continued. Sorry for the lack of posting here. These posts take a lot of time and effort, and the celebrity guilty pleasure posts are easier, because I am basing my post on the actions/posts of others. Where as here I am posting my own ideas, etc. I enjoy posting for Zennie62.com, because it takes my mind off things and let's me let out annoyance I may have, or any coverage/opinions I have about certain things in media. The Future of Journalism is my truest passion, and I will make an effort to spend more time posting here. *cheers*

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity." -- Einstein

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  1. Anonymous Says:
    June 20, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    I never thought about it this way, using Skype for interviews. Certainly, it would have helped in my case interviewing Bob Beers from Boston Bruins radio a year ago. Skype is a great tool for face-to-face contact with people who may not be able to get to the phone or e-mail, however you would need a webcam and that could be one problem (if you wanted to see their reactions to questions).


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