2017 SOCM Colloquium - The News Process: A Digital Tsunami


KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 26, 2017)In “The News Process: A Digital Tsunami,” panelists Jennifer Rigby, news director at WXIA-TV, and David Armstrong, director of the Georgia News Lab, discussed how technology has changed reporting on local news and investigative reporting. Both styles of reporting are at a crossroads, seeking a way forward in the digital age. Of particular concern is how best to present stories, particularly complex stories, that are compatible with how people consume information today. Both panelists acknowledged that the industry is experimenting and don’t know the answer yet. Armstrong talked about how the Georgia News Lab has developed a collaborative model that helps makes investigative reporting more affordable and diverse. By pairing experienced journalists with young, well-trained data and digital savvy reporters, the Lab is trying to preserve the vital mission of investigative reporting and lead it into the future.