This Week in #Journalism: The Rise of the Radically Connected


Goodbye professional photographers and small weekly newspapers, now iPhone wielding online journalists are helping drive civic engagement but is “radical connectivity” and “our reliance for perspective regardless of reputability” causing the death of an industry?  What’s more, is Tweeting even protected by the first amendment?

Journalism’s future after the Chicago layoffs: “Are full-time journalists and photographers becoming obsolete? It now seems major daily newspapers are beginning to mimic the model of small-scale magazines: employ a handful of staff editors to manage the content and then rely on stringers to fill the pages.”

“Sun-Times reporters begin mandatory training today on “iPhone photography basics” following elimination of the paper’s entire photography staff.”

“So, if classified information is leaked out on a personal website or [by] some blogger, do they have the same First Amendments rights as somebody who gets paid [in] traditional journalism?”  “Let’s say that a person regularly shares news stories over Twitter.  He looks for interesting articles, composes a summary and a link, tweets it out. One day, a friend who works for the government sends him a classified document.  The person puts that up on a file sharing site and tweets a link with a description of the file.  Does that person deserve protection as a journalist?”

“As amateur news hounds gain power and influence through social media, the definition of “journalist” has ripened for philosophical debate. But now it’s becoming a legal issue — one that could hamper efforts to protect the news profession at the very time federal lawmakers are awakening to the need to do so.”

“Big news organizations have seen both news production and advertising revenue disrupted by radical connectivity. The entertainment industry, from publishing to record companies, is in its own death throes.”

Gary Vaynerchuk is “tripling down” on content – because “doubling down” doesn’t begin to describe how important he thinks it is.”

“Digital advertising is still growing — but not for publishers, many of which are struggling to get past zero growth.”

“The problem with social media is a problem that’s becoming very much our own — our reliance for perspective regardless of reputability.”  “YouTube has created “a complex, symbiotic relationship between citizens and news organizations … a relationship that comes close to the journalistic ‘dialogue’ many observers predicted would become the new journalism online.” 


Citizen journalism 2.0: A new ecosystem [Video]

“The industry’s worst fears haven’t been realized—quite the reverse.” “Newsrooms have been really clever in finding a way to use the content that people are able to produce now en masse because of how common mobile phones have become.”

“To be sure, advocacy is still a dirty word for legacy journalists, unless it’s an editorial-board crusade. But activating examples are rising from both inside and outside mainstream media. In addition to its before-and-after streets visualization, Urban Milwaukee, for one, has also invited readers to plot new trolley routes.”

“The Independent has succeeded not so much as an entity unto itself but as the hub of a civic ecosystem.”

“There may not be another community of 10,000 people in our country that has published two weekly newspapers for 45 years.”


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