The Future of News

Student Perspectives on the State of Journalism

Notes from David Cohn

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David Cohn, or DigiDave, is the founder and creator of Spot.us.  Today, our Digital Journalism class was lucky enough to sit in with him for a video chat on new media and trends in journalism.

Objectivity

“Transparency trumps objectivity.”

  • Some of the best journalism come from advocacy journalism.
  • Good reporting is thorough and accurate – but not necessarily objective.
  • Focusing on objectivity in metropolitan newspapers created a loss and disconnect with “on the ground” local issues.

Community journalism

  • Community journalists and professional news organizations are interdependent.
  • Citizens have amazing ability to cover breaking news, i.e. crisis situations.
  • Reporter as community organizer – use readers as sources.
  • “Do what you do best and link to the rest” –Jeff Jarvis.
  • Hone in on what you do best for added value.
  • Shared power, shared voice.

Interesting ventures in entrepreneurial journalism

Future business models

  • There won’t be one solution –  the best organization will use multiple tools.
  • Being an expert in a certain field results in multiple revenue streams.
  • Hyperlocal journalism fills a niche.
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Written by wegoslow

June 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

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  1. […] More From David Cohn Jump to Comments Our class recently spoke with digital journalism pioneer and Spot.us founder David Cohn. He shared his thoughts on how news will be collected in the future and more. For notes from our discussion with Digi Dave, see our post Notes From David Cohn. […]

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    ryanboulanger

    June 10, 2009 at 12:57 am


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