TV news journalists are being “overwhelmed” by an ocean of raw, constantly changing and largely uncurated content that new tools from newsroom systems vendor AP ENPS aim to address. “Smart mobile devices and ubiquitous mobile bandwidth mean larger numbers of the public and journalists have the ability to shoot and transmit audio and pictures from anywhere. Content from mobile devices is arguably now as good, or better than, that produced by professional field equipment as little as ten years ago,” said Mike Palmer, Director, ENPS Design & Integration Strategy at Associated Press. “Notionally, this means journalists have more and better content to work with, providing them access to a broader range of perspectives and views,” he added. “But it often means they also have an uncoordinated collection of apps, tools and UI's open on their screen in order to make an attempt at monitoring this constantly rising tide of content.” To complicate matters, most journalists are also under pressure to create more output for multiple distribution channels - including various flavours of social media. “As with monitoring, such multi-channel distribution also requires journalists to open an uncoordinated and often discordant collection of apps and tools,” argued Palmer. “Journalists are unfortunately overwhelmed by the amount of unproductive overhead and wasted time required to move thoughts and content between these largely disconnected tools – often to the degree that the benefit of new technology is cancelled out.” The latest release of AP’s ENPS software, due by the end of this year, is designed to reduce the number of apps and user interfaces exposed to users. “It’s essential that the journalist has a highly refined and consolidated UI for content discovery, production and distribution,” said Palmer. “ENPS v7 is a complete re-write of the main ENPS client which, in addition to embracing standard UI paradigms such as the Microsoft Toolbar, introduces a number of new features including story-centric planning and collaboration tools with an emphasis on multi-channel distribution. We will produce new tools for journalists who routinely work in a mobile environment or draw raw content from the rising tide of social and online media.” ENPS v7 represents just the tip of the iceberg, he added. “Expect a number of rapid follow-on releases which will make use of our new advanced technical architecture to rapidly bring new and even more exciting tools to journalist desktops.” NCRS roundup Other NRCS developers are addressing the need to build stories from the planning stage incorporating multiple video, audio, text and other metadata assets to feed various flavours of online and linear channels. At IBC, Annova demonstrated a Journalist Portal, based on Microsoft Sharepoint, which provides a browser-based view of relevant information in its OpenMedia platform. This links in relevant content from social networks, email or media asset management. It also has new iPhone and iPad apps to bring editorial processes like task assignments and agency wires to the journalist on the move. Dalet is testing a prototype that automatically publishes content to different platforms, and where all usage data, such as number of views, ratings, number of tweets, number of Facebook shares, and any relevant information, are fed back into the Dalet MAM. Octopus’ new v6.2 software integrates with Facebook, twitter and YouTube, which are often more rapid research sources for journalists than traditional news agencies like Reuters. iNews users can now access Avid’s asset management system Interplay Central via web browser or smartphone. When used with Interplay Production it also allows the creation of news packages with script, video, and audio voiceover. – Adrian Penningtonwww.annova.tv www.avid.com/us/products/family/iNEWS www.dalet.com www.enps.comwww.octopus-news.com
TV news journalists are being “overwhelmed” by an ocean of raw, constantly changing and largely uncurated content that new tools from newsroom systems vendor AP ENPS aim to address. Most journalists are also under pressure to create more output for multiple distribution channels.