Richard Koci Hernandez on being a multimedia shooter

The second part of Chris Jordan’s interview with Richard Koci Hernandez of the San Jose Mercury News is live at

“The days of the one-talent journalist are over.”
“If I have to watch another three-minute soundslides…my head’s going to explode.”*

Richard gets deep into the shift from working as a solo photojournalist to collaborating with a team of reporters, shooters and editors.

On one hand, a multimedia shooter or producer or editor needs to communicate with the folks in the newsroom they depend on.

Then again, Richard talks about sending a one-man-band to MacWorld, who programmed a Flash stage, shot stills and video, produced the finished product on his own.

What’s the future of multimedia production at newspapers? A guy in the newsroom waiting for reporters and photogs to show up with the content? Reporters cutting their own audio, photogs editing their own video?

It seems like this is working out differently at every paper. What works for you?

*A little context: Richard was talking about using a 30-second soundslides show with just a few pictures as being a strong way to illustrate a story. Go listen to the whole thing.