Saturday, October 30, 2010

Future interdisciplinary journalism

SMARTlab interdisciplinary Phd programme Feb 2010

The phrase is tautological, because journalism by dint is interdisciplinary. It involves text, images et al and any scholarly book in your library will evince its transversality.

The interview was a legal lift into the realms of television interviewing. Television news making looked to cinema and documentary maker - themselves polymorphic forms.

This is an uncontested point. However many agree there is something else going on.

Future interdisciplinary journalism is a reflexive thought - from a week away on my Phd programme, SMARTlab, which is a communion of interdisciplinary individuals embarking on a learning journey.

It explores ideas within post structuralist and postmodern ideologies (matters after the 1960s); the notion that there are periods within our culture when systems break down, albeit imperceptibly, and new ideas take their place.

Each time this happens, history shows the uproar, the spike in opprobrium, anger and often vitriol- somethings never change

But that however, the cornerstone of those systems must in themselves be comprehended and its upon those pillars et al that we contextualise new forms.

Those arguments take many shapes and within the field of media and journalism: there are inter and intra discourses between the citizen, the practitioner (journalist), and the academic.

Should the news media be involved in promoting society to act? This thought would have had you ridiculed out of the room ten years ago, but now?

SMARTlab programme
We meet three times a year for a week: a Nasa virtual reality pioneer, dance educationalists, 3d space engineers, educationalists in the field of disability, scholars examining autistic spectrum, interactive television specialist, sonic crafters....

Within that space, we pitch to each other and critique each others work. Sometimes many of us fail to understand the density of a colleague's research, but occasionally a light goes off.

Kathy, a dance educationalist from Ireland, whose credits include dance programmes for the UN and Hollywood films introduced me to Laban and areas of kineathesia, which unknowingly I use in my work, as I suspect many other photojournalists do.

Dance posture and engineering illustrate how to minimise a growing area of concern for videojournalists; many are seeing chiropractors because of back problems.

You're not alone. Same thing happened to us at Channel One. Pity us then carrying weight loads the equivalent of a five year old.

The model itself is one, though I have spoken about   in articles going back to the 90s, have never really experienced it in this form.

In the 90s whilst learning flash and director (remember lingo), I was always amazed there were no journalists in sight.  If you used Flash 3, we have something in common.

So the reason why the reflexion.
  • Where we are in journalism
  • How I'm joining a Knowledge Transfer Programme from my uni with Ghana
  • And that our SMARTlab programme is now transferring to University College Dublin.
It's all new and gives a refocused meaning to this word, "journalism" - which is undergoing an epistemological shift.

All interesting stuff.