Quote of the day: The future of the American newspaper will be defined online

“News executives need to quickly mobilize around what are today their secondary platforms, at least measured in terms of where, currently, their largest revenue opportunities exist. In other words, even if the daily newspaper industry’s advertising revenue dwarfs its Internet business, the future of the American newspaper will be defined online… the news industry should recognize the importance of what’s going on in places like Bakersfield and work hand-in-hand with bloggers and other independent journalists and citizens to experiment with the formation of new alliances and the development of new products.”
–Merrill Brown, Abandoning the News, Carnegie Foundation report, April 2005.

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  1. Nick says:

    Yes, I can clearly see the need for traditional news sources to align themselves with the new delivery channels, both now, and ongoing.
    What is interesting to me is the long term effect the new information dynamic (at present illustrated by RSS feeds, email, blogs Web 2.0 etc..,) will have on our education.
    It’s always been self evident to me that it is better to keep educational focus as wide as possible for as long as possible. I think that systems where students are made to reduce their subjects at an early stage are not providing the education they should (stick with me, I’ll be back to information over media soon…..there’s method in this). My point is that the education system values specialist over general knowledge (and thus reason, breadth and understanding) at too early a stage in the learning process.
    The new delivery channels risk reinforcing this.
    Feed based reporting (RSS, blogs, syndication, email etc..,) provide a wonderful focused avenue for information. I see my children (14 and 19) receiving huge amounts of information in real time and ‘to their door’, by way of these feeds. The depth of their knowledge and it’s up-to-datedness is fantastic.
    It’s the breadth of their knowledge I worry about. Those with enquiring minds will probably always ‘spread their mental ‘wings’ and embrace different information, but what of the rest?
    Aren’t we in danger of making information too focused and direct? Ironically, making it harder (or at least more of an effort) to be open-minded, broad-minded and enquiring.

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