Journalism's Future

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.

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0 Responses to Journalism's Future

  1. Sasha Anawalt says:

    This timeline is utterly amazing. I hope we can teach students to create things like this and to think like this. Thanks for introducing it.

  2. Ken Ballweg says:

    As papers have had to increase their subscription costs to make up for lost classified revenue the death spiral of people canceling because the cost exceeds the benefit comes into play. However, unit delivery costs for a single paper vs. a single since web based requires you to amortize you computer and ISP costs in as well. web based paper are totally disproportional. Unless you go to the library if it’s not closed since the anti-tax crowd is managing to defeat levies so successfully.

    We are looking at more people getting entertainment based news which is ratings and revenue driven and has a specific spin to try to capture a niche. That means more cable news and talk radio. Mourn to loss of the semi-independent editorial staff that felt a need to try to appear unbiased, I think that brief period of time is about to vanish.

  3. Ken Ballweg says:

    errata: “… vs. a single web based viewing are disproportional since…”

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  5. See also, Center For Emerging Media
    It’s a project of Marc Steiner, former talk show host on WYPR public radio in Baltimore. –Bernie

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