Monday, April 13, 2009

on the STATUSphere

Let the entrepreneurs do it.

Brian Stolis writes on TechCrunch that maybe we should look to social media to learn how to save good journalism. Some plausible points, but I wish he wouldn't use "journalist" and "content provider" in the same graf.

He also doesn't address the issue of the paycheck: Reporting costs money, no matter where the "content" ends up. Finding a new means of distribution may make sense, but will it make enough money to pay people to get out of the building?

I do like the term "statusphere", however. And yet.

Apparently some of the cutting edge folks want out of the loop. Go here to read a piece by AP reporter Martha Irvine on social network fatigue: the growing numbers of twenty- and thirty-somethings who find that tweets, apparently, are for the birds. bk


Bianca Avanceña said...

Hi Prof. Kelley!

On reinventing journalism to save it, I came across a quote from Scott Herhold of the SJ Mercury News. He was writing on how a journalist from Tracy Press made a huge difference in the arrest of Melissa Huckaby for Sandra Cantu's murder. He says:
"My real point, however, is to say something about journalism, which has been under economic assault for most of the last decade. Journalists sometimes think they need to reinvent themselves by standing on their heads.

Wadsworth's story shows the value of asking questions and assembling facts."

Just like we have been discussing in class, how news is delivered may not ultimately matter as it is the good journalism--the good reporting that counts.

Catherine Ramirez said...

I was just going to post this same quote, but Bianca beat me to it!