Re: Public: Future of News forum

This is the eight person panel with Jonathan Krim, Solana Larsen, Paul Steiger, Lisa Williams, Dave Cohn, Jon Funabiki, and some others. Folks are talking about the future of news and Krim is saying that publications are more identified with a particular point of view in the future (in his opinion).
Placeblogger’s Lisa Williams (flickr slides here) is saying that newspapers are going through the crash high tech went through ten years ago; we’re headed to the place where code and news merge.
More of Lisa’s list points: Community is shared lived experience; News is a tiny fraction of that experience (Susan sez: This is a critical point).
David Cohn: Right now, news institutions have space that is closed off; I couldn’t visit the SF Chronicle, for example. Why can’ the business model for news also become more open and distributed? (Susan sez: I adore this guy’s ideas.)
Paul Steiger–ProPublica can redistribute content and get the long tail for content, give writers additional reach…Dave says, Yeah, the mantra is how do you take the process of collecting, filtering and distributing information and make them more open and more distributed (ie the new journalism)?
Jon FubaikiSF State prof--some ideas around the question “What will be happening to our communities as news changes?” Passion will be an organizing principal for local community news–There are over 200 ethnic media outlets in the Bay area that many people don’t see.
In addition to diversity, we’re seeing nonprofits and community orgs using journalistic storytelling and narrative to communicate and talk about their work and try to move their communities in certain directions and this is fueling a civic change–align this with ethnic news media and community momenteum and it’s powerful and of note. You can expand community to communities of interest as well–religious and spritual focus as well. Alot of the media coming out is more passion driven. (Susan sez: Yep!)
Solana Larsen, mg editor, Global Voices, previously with Open Democracy: (Tells story about needing outside newspeople to talk to locals…) In 2013, there will be no foreign correspondents; we will no longer have this parachute style of journalism where people jump in and pretend they know what is going on, then leave–Well have a world where journalists will understand the language and be able to read the local paper, speak, communicate and be able to give you analysis, along with the local people. If the mainstream media applied some of this to their coverage, it would be better–look at what is happening in Tibet where a CNN correspondent can file a story and never talk to anyone locally–we see the pull there.
David: Solana is talking about a distributed and open news room; it’s a false assumption to say opening it is going to result in crap. (Susan sez:I agree and am amused at how nervous some folks are about this…)
Dave Sambrook–We need to evidence-led journalism that isn’t based on trade but data.