The Future of News

Student Perspectives on the State of Journalism

New Technologies involved in the Future of News

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Seattle Coast Guard spokesman, Paul Roszkowski, shares how the Thirteenth District is utilizing new technologies as we enter a new future of journalism.

In Communications 466 – Digital Journalism, we’ve been focusing on new technologies for journalists in the civilian world. Here I’m shifting the focus to technologies being used by our armed forces –particularly the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, a significant component of the Department of Homeland Security.

Based on my interview with Coast Guard spokesman Paul Roszkowski, the Thirteenth District regularly engages in tools like Blogger, Flickr, Youtube and Twitter to tell their story.

By story, Paul means relaying and emphasizing messages of their mission to serve and protect American citizens and the United States’ navigable waterways.  These tools allow them to interact with the Coast Guard community, supporters of the armed forces and keep in touch with mainstream media.

So far, Paul has noticed the Coast Guard has received positive feedback from the public about their presence across the multiple social media technologies.  When asked how effective its been managing all these accounts, he said, “We’re not talking huge numbers, but we are seeing one or two more people daily [following their updates and viewing their sites].”

By:  Sarah Wilhelm

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Written by sew28

June 9, 2009 at 1:15 am

Where’s my paycheck? Thoughts on the future of journalism

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We’re obviously in an age of very uncertain times for journalists.  I sat down with two experts, Robert McClure and Hanson Hosein, to get an understanding of their unique perspectives on where journalism is headed and some of the current obstacles and opportunities provided by “the shakedown.”

Robert McClure is Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, has covered environmental news since the late 1980s and has been working in Seattle since 1999.  He covered groundbreaking stories and ran a popular blog at the Seattle P-I until the paper halted it’s print edition. Since then, he’s been working with a team of accomplished journalists on a project called Investigate West.  Investigate West (website coming soon) is a nonprofit start-up devoted to Web 2.0 investigative and narrative journalism in the West. It’s funded by members, media partners and major donors.

As the Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington, Hanson Hosein is well aware of the technological changes that uprooting the values of traditional journalism.  He’s worked as a solo broadcaster around the world for MSNBC.com.  Through his company HRH Media, Inc. he’s produced the award winning films, Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom and Pop, and Independent America: Rising from Ruins.

By: Scott Nordquist

The Survival of the Fittest: Online Advertising and Content

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There is no doubt that there is an ability for on-line content to make adequate, and in rare cases, more than adequate revenue. However, on-line media space requires precise and strategic planning.

In the case of advertising and revenue, the success of on-line social media has catapulted its own independent success and has segued to many other parent sites as well. As demonstrated in the info-graphic above, Twitter has parented many other successful subsidiaries.

While the ability of news content to be freely available on-line scares the the typical media employee, the info-graphic above demonstrates on-line content more as an opportunity than a restraint.

The developmental pace of such on-line social media tools has created dependent websites that are able to generate revenue on their own. In this case, Twitter has allowed a space for businesses to have free on-line advertising through consistent tweeting.

Many bloggers have predicted that in the near future there will be paid tweeters and bloggers. However, the conflicting issue for on-line versus print revenue is the mere fact that print involves more key players to be paid – a trend that I believe is the key to success for the on-line social media space.

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June 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Newspapers’ Doomed Business Model

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Xark‘s Dan Conover has some excellent criticism of the newspaper industry in his article, “The newspaper suicide pact.” Below is an excerpt.

Newspapers that are turning to paywall plans today are gambling on a risky revenue stream that even the experts aren’t predicting will provide a replacement to their lost advertising revenues (their biggest financial problem is the rapid decline in advertising rates, not the slow decline in print circulation). It’s a “well, we’ve got to do SOMETHING” solution, not a logical, do-the-math solution. And since since most media companies are owned by shareholders, the resulting loss of confidence could be catastrophic.

What will these media executives do when that reality hits them? When these debt-burdened chains, stripped of journalistic talent by a decade of profiteering, their web traffic reduced by 60 percent by their paid-content follies, their pockets emptied by the cost of the proprietary paywall systems offered by Journalism Online LLC and other opportunistic vendors, what will they do?…

They don’t get it. They don’t want to get it. And in many cases, they’re literally paid not to get it.

America’s journalism infrastructure – from corporate giants to non-profit foundations like the American Press Institute and the Newspaper Association of America – is funded by dying companies. So when you hear about efforts to save newspapers (and, by extension, journalism), understand that answers that don’t return the possibility of double-digit profits and perpetual top-down control aren’t even considered answers. They’re not even considered.

They’ll do anything to survive… so long as it doesn’t involve change.

Full text at Xark!

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June 7, 2009 at 8:17 am

New Business Model?

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If the future of news is all about the citizen, how will journalists be earning their money? This video explores one of the possibilities for journalists to make a living in the new world of news.

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June 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm

What Twitter Can Learn From Journalists

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Though they seem to come from opposite ends of the spectrum, there is much that Twitter and professional journalism share. On Mashable, Ann Handley discusses some journalism principles that she learned in school that are well suited for Twitter.

1. Make every word count.
2. Keep it simple.
3. Provide context.
4. Lead with the good stuff.
5. Write killer headlines
6. Graphics expand on the story.
7. People make things interesting.
8. Consider the reader.

Visit Mashable for the embellished list and examples.

Written by pandrewh

June 6, 2009 at 8:14 am

Understanding the future of news

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The producers of this blog are a group of college students concerned with the future of news.  As potential journalists, or at least a fresh group of people entering the digital age, we are studying what is to come of our beloved ink-splattered paper.

From what we’ve learned in class (Com 466 Digital Journalism), we are seeing the trickling effects of printed news transitioning to the Internet.  Everything from jobs, to reporting tools, to business models is all being changed and we want to inform the public through our blog.

In the previous post, we used a fun video to distinguish what exactly is going on in journalism – it is a battle between citizen journalism and traditional journalism.

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Written by sew28

June 5, 2009 at 12:12 am