Problems and solutions

Nowadays, everything regarding technology and evolution especially media is a double edged sword. As we discussed the two types of journalism (Audio/visual) let's head on their downfalls (things that make them less good). Yes, both types of journalism have strengths, but what are their weaknesses?

First, visual journalism, which is reaching news using your eyes, can be a tool of "deepfaking" videos - this is when realistic but fake videos are made, for example, to make it look like someone is saying or doing something that isn't real. This could fool the audience, and in some situations it might make people panic - for example if it looks like a country's leader is saying something bad. Another negative side of visual journalism is that it's expensive and it needs expensive equipment to make it and also use it. For example cameras and computers to make newspapers and videos are expensive, and buying televisions and lots of newspapers costs a lot of money too. Finally, sometimes visual journalism looks complicated and is hard to understand. For example, it can be hard to understand new words in reports or it might be difficult to understand what is happening in a video without sound.

Second, audio journalism can also be manipulated and cut to fool others. For example, interviews can be cut and put back together in an incorrect order to make it seem like someone is giving a different answer to a question. Another weakness of audio is that drivers mostly rely on audio journalism while driving and I think that actually, this is dangerous. It's not possible for drivers to fully focus on the news and on their driving. My final weakness of audio journalism is that sometimes it's just easier to see what's happening, rather than creating a maybe false image in your head.

So my questions for you are:

What other weaknesses of audio and visual journalism can you think of?

And how could people overcome these weaknesses? For example, how could they make sure they are getting reliable news? Or how could they make sure they are fully understanding the news story?

Comments (4)

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    21 Jun 2022

    You have clearly said that it is hard to understand new words when using visual media/journalism but don't you think that is harder for people using audio journalism. I say this because, when using visual journalism, people can give their views and in giving views they can ask each other about the new words and get feedback but when using audio journalism, you cant share your views.

    Some who disagree with me might say that there is a number that is given to the viewers to contact f they have any problems and can be helped. However, it is still hard for people using audio journalism because not all stations and podcasts have a phone number to contact.


    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 21 Jun 2022

      Thanks for sharing, rational_grape. Can you explain why people can't share their views through audio journalism? Are you sure?

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    23 Jun 2022

    All types of journalism are good but something really interesting came to my mind. What if there was no visual journalism or audio journalism? I will provide the answers according to me. I haven't removed these from any sites but they might be the same as other sites coincidentally.

    What if there was no visual journalism?

    Visuals were introduced to make people enjoy news and other shows but what if there were no visuals. If they were no visuals, people would not fully concentrate mostly children who have been told to go and find information on a news story. Visual journalism can make people share their comments and ideas while audio journalism needs people to be in a group or face to face so that they can share ideas.

    What if there was no audio journalism?

    Audio journalism is cheaper than visual journalism meaning that people who can't afford visual, buy audio but what if they are not there? then some people won't be accessing the news. Because of its affordability, it is mostly used and no matter where you are, you will still be able to access the news but if they are not there, then people will still lack news. People get bored of the same thing every day and will need to take a break from it. Just like that, visual journalism might be irritating to other people, maybe because it causes them headaches after reading online articles and other reasons and there is a way of solving that problem. This is by listening to audio journalism like podcasts that relax your brain because they are like being told a story but now they don't exist making people bored of the type of journalism. Sometimes when very busy but still want to listen to reliable news, you use audio journalism because you don't need to see but listen to it but when it is not there, it will be a hard time for the people.

    Extra: What if there was no audio-visual journalism?

    Visual journalism in the tv uses audio too, so it can be also classified as audio-visual journalism. Audiovisual journalism is a type of journalism in which videos have been compiled to make a relevant news report that includes audio in it. Examples include live or prerecorded radio or television shows, slide shows, motion pictures, etc. When there is no audio-visual journalism, then the world would be the same as a world with only a radio and a newspaper which are two different things but if they are kept together they form something like a television show.

    What if there was no audio-visual journalism, audio journalism, and visual journalism?


  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Jun 2022

    Among the disadvantages of audio-visual journalism: The inability to verify the accuracy of the information: Doubt still surrounds the information received via the Internet, and trust is still greater in the information and news that spreads in newspapers »
    Ways to make sure you get reliable news:
    First: you must make sure that there are sources when you receive the information.
    Second: Researching these sources and their validity and basing their content on proven experiences and studies in presenting their content
    Third: Try to communicate with people with experience and expertise in the field you are researching in order to provide you with sufficient references to ensure the quality and sincerity of the information.

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