The new journalism

Today I came across two separate posts that do not describe the death of journalism or say that all bloggers are jerks, both common discussions I staunchily refuse to take part in, but rather two people with ideas about how the unavoidable technologically-driven (r)evolution is changing the journalistic profession; in other words, two answers to the question:

How will journalism change (morph) ?

The first one is from Jonathan Weber; I dig how he essentially says that a new journalism would allow digital editors to be back very close to their originating communities. Which is what started the newspaper industry back in the 18th and 19th century: a good vehicle where I could advertise I was selling my apple pies.

Digression: the mandatory Wikipedia check taught me the first newspaper got published either in 1605 in Germany or in 1556 in Italy where it sold for the – how fitting ! – price of one gazetta: take that, anglosaxon pride !

The second one comes from Jeff Jarvis’ Buzzmachine and it’s the story of how the Bild’s editor Kai Dieckmann has built an interesting model using a product inspired by the Flip (the cheap camcorder manufacturer recently bought by Cisco).

So not necessarily only gloom-and-doom, but a realization that time will not stop ticking.

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One thought on “The new journalism

  1. The NY Times just announced that they are seriously considering shutting down the Boston Globe this spring if they can’t negotiate a very favorable union agreement.

    What you’re saying really hits home when it hits close to home.

    PS- it needs to morph anyhow. Not just with respect to the business model but also in the way it’s practiced intellectually.

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