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Journalist Fellows' Papers

How to create video news that rocks in social media

Reuters Institute Fellow's Paper

Since late 2015, video has gained prominence and enriched its features on all major social media platforms. With half of online users considering social media a major source for news discovery, newsrooms are struggling to find a successful formula to adapt their content to the new format-trend. Data shows, however, that two thirds of the audience still prefers text over video when it comes to news consumption. How should publishers face this scenario?

Based on an exhaustive content analysis and interviews with the Heads of Video, Social Media and Business, Judith Argila, head of New Platforms at TV3 & Catalunya Ràdio (CCMA), has written a paper analysing how eight British and Spanish newsrooms are developing their video production for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  This includes their strategic vision of video news distribution, which looks for brand awareness but also for a specific return on investment, and the profiles and skills of their new teams, who are often struggling to find their place in their organizations.

Judith writes that ‘the result  of my content analysis reflects the rise of short-texted videos as the predominant format for news distribution, but also identifies the role of testimonial videos for virality and the effectiveness of raw material for breaking news.  In terms of content, my research shows that different social platforms have different thematic territories, although politics and social minorities' stories sweep the board in terms of social media success.’

As with all Fellows’ research papers, any opinions expressed are those of the author and not of the Institute.