Rebooted journalism: “Culling and editing and trying to find to find out what’s going on…”

Jay Rosen and Dave Winer riffing on BlogTalkRadio on the subject of what they call ‘rebooted news’… They capture some of the delicious torture that the disaggregating effects of the web on news values, particularly through the process of ‘Going Direct’… So what’s the answer? Attach to your readers, not (just) your sources:

If you don’t have a hidden policy, the press can’t be the savvy insiders with knowledge of that policy. When attachment to heavyweight sources doesn’t win you anything all that great, where are you going to attach? To the users and their needs! This is how we break the cycle.

  • Pigeon Toes

    And the “Plain English Award” goes to…

  • Mick Fealty

    Follow the, deep breath, hyperlinks PT… 😉

  • Pigeon Toes

    Mick,
    I was very tempted earlier to “send ye your rooms ad no internet for a week…”

  • Pigeon Toes

    And I should STILL remember to proof read my posts….

  • Pigeon Toes

    “When attachment to heavyweight sources doesn’t win you anything all that great, where are you going to attach? To the users and their needs! This is how we break the cycle.”

    And when that doesn’t/can’t work?

    Is it time to give up?

  • riffin on romanians
  • Mick, the link latches into the conversation at part #13. Unlucky for some? 😉

    In the beginning, the word was curmudgeon ….

  • “Note to press: You are supposed to COVER politicos** not hang out with them”

    “The assertion by newspaper executives that newspapers are the torch-bearers for a community (or global) moral and ethical center would be laughable, if it were not being used to cloak the greed of corporations that have enjoyed healthy profit margins for decades, all the while failing to invest in anything other than expanding their arrogance.

    These corporations profess it is their duty to hold the world to a higher standard but conveniently overlook their failure to substantively investigate major issues and their own increasing immersion in the very organizations they profess to watchdog.” Xark

    Rosen on the cheapo he said, she said brand of journalism that is all too common.

    ** not forgetting public servants 😉

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    That’s the latest in the series; and the relevant podcast is well worth listening to…

  • Pigeon Toes

    http://www.scripting.com/stories/2008/11/24/pointOfViewIsEverything.html

    “Anyway, after all the perspective-altering news last week about the economy, reading Jeff Jarvis’s essay on how to cure the ills of the news business was a bit of nostalgia for the good old days and showed me why Jeff has good attendance at his conferences among people who want to believe in The Long Tail, and in the primacy of the 20th century model for news and entertainment, but it was very clear to me why that point of view is now completely irrelevant…. is the point of view of news that’s relevant: the point of view of the user of news.

    A user wants to know how he or she is going to get news.

    And when they see lies and BS in the news, they think about how they can get accurate information… “