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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.