News Bleed?

In Industry, Journalism, media, Technology on March 21, 2009 by Editor Z

Low newspaper sales, the shutdown of the Rocky Mountain News, and the conversion from print of newspapers like the Seattle Post Intelligencer and the reduction in print editions from the Christian Science Monitor have fostered much anxiety in the world of print journalism. As a future journalist trained mostly in print I share that anxiety.

However Sonia Arrison at Tech News World argues that the change is for the better.

Resource limitations make it difficult for a single newspaper in Los Angeles or New York to cover every relevant story of local interest. When the Web takes over, however, there can be multiple blogs and companies competing to provide coverage, and the information becomes much broader and richer.

This transition from a top-down method of news reporting to a more distributed system won’t be easy at first — and, like the horse-and-buggy drivers of 100 years ago, many old-school journalists will find themselves looking for a new job.

Yet this change, a clear form of creative destruction, will create a more responsive and richer world of media with more stories and more ways of organizing and validating those stories than ever before.



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