The future of Journalism

The second post taken from Katharine Viner’s, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, AN Smith lecture in Melbourne.

She talks about the future of journalism:

We are privileged to be living in this era of great transition, privileged to be alive to help shape a new journalism for a new age.

Remember the Gutenberg parenthesis of 500 years?

First, there was a whole heap of conversation but no clear version of the truth.

Then, there was a very clear version of the truth, but no space for conversation.

Now, what we have is the truth made better by conversation.

What if we were to embrace the ecosystem of the web and combined established journalistic techniques with new ways of finding, telling and communicating stories? Opened ourselves up? Put the people formerly known as the audience at the heart of everything? Combined the elite and the street… and the tweet?

Not gut instinct or data: both.

Not the phone or Twitter: both.

Not neutral journalists or politicised journalists: both.

Not original reporting or verification,

journalists or bloggers,

journalists or activists,

journalists or readers.

The future of journalism, with humility, is all of the above.

 


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  • opusx

    The future of journalism is free lance reporters selling their stories and pics to publicly funded bloggers.

    • Dave

      And most of the current crop of print media journalists are doomed, perhaps they could consider teaching as an alternative? :)

    • Dave

      And most of the current crop of print media journalists are doomed, perhaps they could consider teaching as an alternative? :)

      • opusx

        Or become members of the Labour or Green parties. ;-)

      • opusx

        Or become members of the Labour or Green parties. ;-)

        • AnonWgtn

          They are already – and Unionised

  • Dave

    Finally, someone looking at where we are, not what the churnalists currently do, or our MSM allow readers to contribute, what a novel idea, shame WO and other bloggers have been doing this for years whilst our pathetic media continue to feed us a manufactured, slanted and often false version of events. The strategists and execs at the major daily’s should rea the full article and then consider who in their stable of repeaters, churnalists and even editors can adapt to the new style and capture a bigger slice of the public audience, who might be willing to throw them and their advertisers a penny. To me, the bloggers and talkback radio have already captured this market and are running with it, leaving the pack picking over the remaining crumbs.

    How long till a major daily closes, massively downsizes or merges ??

    How long till little John is pushed from his perch, there must be change.

    Might even send the article to the directors of some of the kiwi MSM!!

  • Dave

    Finally, someone looking at where we are, not what the churnalists currently do, or our MSM allow readers to contribute, what a novel idea, shame WO and other bloggers have been doing this for years whilst our pathetic media continue to feed us a manufactured, slanted and often false version of events. The strategists and execs at the major daily’s should rea the full article and then consider who in their stable of repeaters, churnalists and even editors can adapt to the new style and capture a bigger slice of the public audience, who might be willing to throw them and their advertisers a penny. To me, the bloggers and talkback radio have already captured this market and are running with it, leaving the pack picking over the remaining crumbs.

    How long till a major daily closes, massively downsizes or merges ??

    How long till little John is pushed from his perch, there must be change.

    Might even send the article to the directors of some of the kiwi MSM!!

  • thor42

    Journalism doesn’t have a future.

    The future is with sites like this where people like WO can cut through all the BS and get straight to the point.

    No left-wing bollocks to put up with.

  • thor42

    Journalism doesn’t have a future.

    The future is with sites like this where people like WO can cut through all the BS and get straight to the point.

    No left-wing bollocks to put up with.

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