At USC’s Annenberg School fo Communication, where I work, we are spending a lot of time thinking about the future of journalism in America. Most newspaper editors are in a panic, driven by the loss of advertising revenue and the fall of subscription revenue. Everyone knows the future of journalism is on the web, but just putting the New York Times print edition on the web is not transformative.
I think what is transformative is the work Frontline, the PBS series, has been doing in integrating broadcast and web resources into some new hybrid of journalism. The best example is the Interactive video timeline they created around their epic series Bush’s War. The ability to navigate through both the video assets, the interview transcripts and search by individual participant seems to me to get close to the promise of truly interactive television.