Sitting in the final session of We Media, blogging before heading to the airport and home to California.  I’ve been on the road 2/3rds of this month, at Tools for Change, We Media, and a bunch of Knight Foundation events and meetings (regret I did not make it to FOWA, drat!)

After 48 hours of We Media, what’s my takeaway?

  • This year’s fad is non-profit news (the PBS model), but no one knows quite what to do about the very ugly deaths so many news organizations are experiencing
  • There is intense worry about how news will be present in local communities, but huge differences in perspectives about “reporting” vs “community,”, crowdsourcing vs. investigation,
  • Copyright vs open source (especially around photography)
  • There is no new business model, we just don’t know and that is really scary
  • Some people want to save and retrain journalists and salvage the news businesses; others cheer the creative destruction and want to clear the rubble away, fast
  • Even if everyone IS a media company, and we’re all entrepreneurs, no one really knows if there is a way for anyone to make enough money to buy new shoes, let alone pay the housing costs
  • People with jobs feel lucky, but seem to be viewing them as temporary
  • People w/o jobs are hustling, lots of candidates for the same few things
  • Everyone knows that adversity offers opportunities
  • Social media is a new flavor everyone is starting to want to taste
  • Conferences change as the world becomes more global and less corporate; not enough focus on international and in country perspectives at this @WeMedia; some old models of talking head presos and powerpoints seeming quite outmoded (to me, and perhaps others)
  • Activists are at the table, embedded, with major media and the entrepreneurs and nonprofits (this is cool)

Sitting in the final session of We Media, blogging before heading to the airport and home to California.  I’ve been on the road 2/3rds of this month, at Tools for Change, We Media, and a bunch of Knight Foundation events and meetings (regret I did not make it to FOWA, drat!)

After 48 hours of We Media, what’s my takeaway?

  • This year’s fad is non-profit news (the PBS model), but no one knows quite what to do about the very ugly deaths so many news organizations are experiencing
  • There is intense worry about how news will be present in local communities, but huge differences in perspectives about “reporting” vs “community,”, crowdsourcing vs. investigation,
  • Copyright vs open source (especially around photography)
  • There is no new business model, we just don’t know and that is really scary
  • Some people want to save and retrain journalists and salvage the news businesses; others cheer the creative destruction and want to clear the rubble away, fast
  • Even if everyone IS a media company, and we’re all entrepreneurs, no one really knows if there is a way for anyone to make enough money to buy new shoes, let alone pay the housing costs
  • People with jobs feel lucky, but seem to be viewing them as temporary
  • People w/o jobs are hustling, lots of candidates for the same few things
  • Everyone knows that adversity offers opportunities
  • Social media is a new flavor everyone is starting to want to taste
  • Conferences change as the world becomes more global and less corporate; not enough focus on international and in country perspectives at this @WeMedia; some old models of talking head presos and powerpoints seeming quite outmoded (to me, and perhaps others)
  • Activists are at the table, embedded, with major media and the entrepreneurs and nonprofits (this is cool)