Friday, April 01, 2005

Abandoning the news

Why news industry is in peril and how participatory media can save it.

In a report for the Carnegie Corporation examining how young people get their news, former Editor in Chief of MSNBC.com Merrill Brown, says the news industry is in peril unless it dramatically rethinks it's approach to news.

"For news professionals coming out of the traditions of conventional national and local journalism, fields long influenced by national news organizations and dominant local broadcasting and print media, the revolution in how individuals relate to the news is often viewed as threatening. For digital media professionals, members of the blogging community and other participants in the new media wave, these trends are, conversely, considered liberating and indications that an “old media” oligopoly is being supplemented, if not necessarily replaced, by new forms of journalism created by freelancers and interested members of the public without conventional training."
The report builds on Brown's contribution to the Project for Excellence in Journalism's State of the News Media 2005. Altogether, a valuable summary of the challenges facing the news business.

1 comment:

EvilPundit said...

That's an interesting article. It does, however, skirt around the elephant in the dining room, which is the inadequacy of the conventional media's ability to report facts.

As more and more people get to present their own views, it becomes increasingly apparent that many news stories are poorly researched, biased, misleading or even based on outright lies. Thus, the trust that is an essential part of the reader-newspaper relationship has been eroded.

In the past, this could be ignored by big organisations that had a monopoly on public communication. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, with a vengeance.