The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced nearly every company to reassess their media workspaces as they plan their employee’s return to the office and meet stringent new safety guidelines. While many can continue to leverage telework technology, there remain several in the media industry whose work practices are tied to a specialized, physical environment. Sustaining these “place-based functions” in both work-from-home and return-to-office situations creates a material challenge for any organization. We have learned by working with our clients in such situations that the workplace will be significantly altered for some time to come. And, despite the unfortunate condition created by this global crisis, some of these changes may improve performance and productivity. Here are some key points on what we’ve seen…
The newsroom of 2020 is a very different beast from that of 2010s. Especially in the current climate. Rapid and disruptive changes are happening, so how do we understand the future of newsrooms in such a dynamic time?
Most importantly, let’s consider how newsrooms have evolved from those of the past. Broadcasters need to listen up when it comes to their technological need in order to future proof workflows. Non-linear working, file based systems, social media, citizen journalism, AI, the cloud, the ability to work remotely, have all been disruptors to the old standard.
As a systems vendor, we have had to adapt our approach to ensure we’re helping our customers stay ahead of the curve, and optimise our offering to ensure newsrooms are working in 2020, and beyond. As journalists are required to do more and more, with less budget, amongst other things, this means establishing proper professional tools to navigate the disruptive elements. This means ensuring broadcasters and journalists workflows are time and cost efficient, along with brand agnostic.
We’re all in this together. These were the words we came to say and believe as an organization in early spring as the coronavirus spread across the world and began to paralyze the business operations of our customers and the broader community. Even as we were transitioning our worldwide staff to long-term work-from-home arrangements and restricting travel for safety, we were planning and mobilizing as an entire company to help broadcasters to transition from physical studio operations to remote setups in living rooms and other shared living spaces in homes.
As the world tentatively looks to the future, there’s a natural re-alignment of priorities and an emphasis on working out what the “new normal” might be. In that spirit, we asked leading technology journalists and analysts for their views on how technology companies have been communicating during the Covid-19 pandemic and what they want more/less of in future. The results reveal important insights that will help technology communicators plan their next steps.
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So clearly we are living in an exceptional time. In a matter of months, our personal and professional routines have evolved on a massive scale. For companies currently hiring, candidates with a track record of adaptability are in high demand.
And there’s something about this word, adaptability… and how it applies to so many aspects of work right now. Adaptability of current employees’ mindsets, work and management styles, environments and various procedures and processes, such as employee on-boarding.
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Make.TV’s Live Video Cloud, which won ‘NAB Show 2019 Product of the Year’, enables newsrooms to remain at the forefront of breaking news. In this session you will learn about why leading news broadcasters like Al Jazeera are building newsrooms in the cloud. They will explore how smart newsrooms allow for cost efficient and timely development of hyper-local news acquisition, enabling citizen journalists to enhance the network’s live or near-live coverage of local happenings, enriching broadcasts and providing a wider range of angles and perspectives at the scene.