News Leadership 3.0

March 02, 2009

Embracing a future, retaining a past

A the Journalism That Matters Conference at Poynter, discussion centers on what parts of traditional journalism cannot be lost and what

I’m participating in the Journalism That Matters conference at Poynter Institute this week. It’s a mix of about 100 journalists, educators, entrepreneurs and technologists convening to consider “An Emerging News Ecology.” So far it’s been a wide-ranging discussion that includes ideas about new ways that news will be gathered and disseminated, new players in media and the ever-vexing question of how to pay for journalism.
A morning discussion focused on two questions: What must be preserved from the old ecology? What must be embraced in the new?
This framing allowed people to strip the discussion to the essence. The remarks were consistent across multiple small groups:
Keep—Balance and fairness, choosing stories in the public interest, verification, the ability to ask for enterprise journalism
Embrace—Interactivity, direct voices of the public, multiple ways to tell the story
Here are additional notes from the session.
What would you put on either of these lists? What elements of journalism absolutely must cross the digital divide? What are the opportunities in front of you?


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