Discussion: A New Look at the News

This was drawn up at the Journalism That Matters Conference at Poynter…weigh in on the comments board with your thoughts.

Steve

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14 Responses to Discussion: A New Look at the News

  1. First off, the presentation froze my computer. I think it is time for a new one.

    I found a lot of this really exciting. The “journalism as” slide was great. The shift from “one-to-many” to “many-to-many” as well as news moving from lecture style to conversation style is what Internet journalism is all about, in my opinion.

    I also agree with and am excited about the description of journalism’s purpose in the “new news ecology.” Instead of merely informing citizens, news now is expected and able to “inform, engage, inspire and activate people to be free and self governing citizens.”

  2. rosiewalunas says:

    This is a “cool platform.” The drawings are eye catching, however some images are a little overwhelming to read on the computer. The idea to analyze and consider this new ecology is a good one. It shows newsrooms will be “breaking from tradition” and embracing interaction between the news and audiences and communities. The goal is to engage and inspire, not just inform citizens to be self-governing. This is great/ But, on the other side, shouldn’t some of these goals or shifts been here all along? I guess that shows how moods are changing.

  3. stephaniemcpherson says:

    It’s interesting to see a whole group of professionals getting excited about convergence. It’s giving journalism a more youthful feel. During my internship at the Telegram and Gazette this summer, we had frequent intern meetings during which the managing editor would ask for our input on how to make the site more multimedia friendly. They actually took our suggestions and put them into action. I like how journalism is turning into a big collaboration.

  4. ciscoishere says:

    I’m excited for the shift, especially if it’s going to mean more colorful charts like that in the future. I must say though, that some were a tad overwhelming – just a little too busy. The simpler ones highlighted some awesome changes though.

    No longer just providing the information for a self-governing people but inspiring them, as well. That one has a nice ring to it. My favorite is the shift to a focus on readability rather than inverted pyramid style.

    The charts left me wondering where the new profit was going to come from, if not from the ads, but I’m guessing that I may not be alone.

  5. kkoczwara says:

    First, I wish they had found a few more colors to make it easier to follow each line. The graphs are complicated and with this color scheme the eye has to work even harder at finding the paths it wants to.

    Now to how I feel. I like the discussion but should we just be guides as journalists who are trained and study their subjects? Shouldn’t we be the informed leading the discussion and moderating it? We do have inside resources and time to research, if we only become the gatekeepers then their is no answers to the laments questions. We must still be the informed and know it all journalists with n arrogant swagger about our walk, or we will lose our profession. We must gather and present information in new ways and use our resources (such as our readers and inside knowledge) to their fullest extent to make news more interesting and geared towards our readership.

    We also need to move away form a lot of these discussions and do rather than talk. If we only talk about the future and don’t move there then these discussions become mute when you are left in the dust and out of a job.

  6. Ted Rogers says:

    I thought that this was a very interesting format to put new journalism into. The design was eye catching to say the least. One problem I had with the presentation is that it really didn’t go into the good qualities of print journalism or the poor qualities of online journalism that much. I could be proven wrong, but I still think there’s room for both in this world because they offer such different contrasts in how they spread information.

  7. I think this presentation is good, but I found it hard to read on a computer. The last two slides were overwhelming. But I did like the “Journalism’s purpose” and “journalism as..” pages. Perhaps if this was presented in front of me on a poster I could more clearly grasp every detail they are offering.

    The ideas that the slide show presents about New News Ecology are positive, hopeful and exciting. This is a great, useful alternative to the articles which focus on the negative aspects of the “failing newspaper.”

  8. rosiewalunas says:

    That’s true about journalism having a “younger” feel to it. I’m wondering if this attitude towards embracing the new (technology for example) will continue after it’s become the norm. But that’s thinking far ahead.

  9. mymarylebone says:

    The slide show did a really good job in comparing the old to the new as well as illustrating the changes that have been incorporated into journalism throughout the shift from print to multimedia news reporting. They get it through to the reader or at least me that it’s not about replacing print media but simply revamping it and making it more accessible in the increasingly tech-savvy community.

    I also like how they’re highlighting this new relationship being created between the journalist and the readers. It’s more of a community and a forum of discussion rather than a lecture. However, I hope journalists are still acknowledged for their ability to report and present news in a professional way that is set aside from the “citizen journalists” and anyone else included in these discussions.

  10. emilygrund says:

    Although the content rang true in this slideshow about new news ecology, some of the visuals were too busy. The diagrams set up as maps with arrows were hard to follow, which is something that journalists should be concerned about. They, more than anyone, should realize to capture a readers attention it should be very direct. Although the colors are pretty and the information is valid I’m not sure who would want to spend time figuring it out. The other slides in between with columns comparing “traditional journalism” with “an emerging news ecology” were helpful, consistent and engaging. This slideshow, if nothing else, portrays that journalism can be conveyed in many different forms.

  11. Alyssa says:

    The first drawing of the slideshow and the last two drawings were pretty difficult to read, but the ones in between were easier to follow and interesting to read.

    I think these drawing are pretty effective and eye-catching. I like the “journalism as…” drawing, specifically the parts about lecture –> conversation and one-to-many –> many-to-many. I think that hits on the nose exactly where the world of journalism is headed today.

    I also like the “stories sourced” drawing. I think that both of the points made for the “tradition news room” are rapidly changing in the new emerging news ecology.

    Overall, I think this slideshow hit some major points on the head that are occurring in the changing world of journalism.

  12. mmessina says:

    I really liked this presentation. What I found most interesting was the slide about how journalists have many roles in society. Being a journalists now means that you have to be able to multitask. Yes, the role of a journalist is still to provide people with information they need, but the way this is done now is much different from the past.

    Now journalists must know how to work with the Web, especially for blogging. Also, it is much more effective to know how to incorporate audio and visuals into your stories.

    It is quite clear that things are changing at a face pace.

  13. Lucas Correia says:

    The main idea that sticks with me from this chart is the fact that online journalism involves everyone, not just a specific news organization. Technology has allowed for more collaboration, which in many cases leads to better content.

    It can also lead to the creation of communities, and can connect people all over the world with a common thread in ways that weren’t possible before. It’s a means of spreading more knowledge and informing more people, both of the specific topic generated within the community and of the communication process.

    The journalist is also more involved in communicating, both with sources and readers. What they write speaks to a specific audience rather than an entire region. Although they’re not as independent and free creatively, they are backed by an eager audience of readers who want to hear what they have to say.

  14. What a great summation of the “emerging news ecology” and how it affects everything about the way news is collected, presented and consumed.

    The interesting thing is, while this puts words to the transition, I get the feeling that our generation is already used to the “new” way of doing things. I know that for my part, I don’t quite remember a time when I considered journalism a “gatekeeper” of information. Since high school, when I really started to pay attention to the news, it was already shifting to online means. So what this presentation gives to me is a primer on where journalism comes from. Sure, I’ve learned much of it in earlier journalism courses, but this puts it all in a concise, easy to follow presentation.

    Of course, it is also aimed at those reporters who have been involved in the “traditional” newsroom from the beginning of their careers. In this context, I think it is a bit late to the game, as many old news people have already embraced the digital era. They might be a bit curmudgeonly about changing the way they do things, but they understand it.

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