The Future of News

Student Perspectives on the State of Journalism

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The Future of News on Twitter

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You want to keep track of developments in the future of news? Are you looking for new journalistic business models? Want to see who is fighting to keep Journalism alive? Or do you need some helpful tips on digital journalism?

Check out our recommendations for Twitter follows in Digital Journalism and the Future of News!

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June 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Digital Media and a UW Communication Student

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The typical day in the life of a University of Washington Communications student:

-Meeting with advisers
-Internship
-Current job
-Spending hours studying for their 300/400 level classes

It seems like they don’t have the opportunity to stop. Moving ever so swiftly, I managed to sit down with a current communications student at the University of Washington.

For most communications students, their careers could lie anywhere from advertising, human resources, to digital media. Their discipline gives them a sense of flexibility – this could be their best friend or worst enemy. And with the pace of developing technologies, their prospective jobs seem to be in jeopardy.

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Students as News Consumers (Script for Audio)

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Written By: Ryan Boulanger
Narrator: Michelle Vu (with slight voice-over editing)

The Internet is changing how people access media. Most news organizations are having trouble adapting to the changes that are taking place. Print newspapers have dominated news media for centuries but now people want their news faster than a daily newspaper can offer.

Johnny Banchero is a junior at the University of Washington and he’s concerned for the future of print newspapers:
“I completely understand where they’re coming from, where everybody’s moving to online formats and no one our age is subscribing anymore, just because it’s not what they use to get their news but there’s so much history in America behind the newspaper. I do personally enjoy the newspaper and having something physically in your hands.”

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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

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