Here’s a locally scribed manifesto for the future of the news from Mark Little (et al) from Storyful which puts its finger on a ‘reporting failure’ which manifests itself all over ‘big journalism’ (here and abroad):
We believe every story starts with a single voice, not a conversation in a newsroom. There is no such thing as a scoop, just a story before its inflection point. Storyful’s golden rule is there is ALWAYS someone closer to the story.
Real-time storytelling needs eternal values but also a new currency. Apps and algorithms will play their part but the basic units will be human intelligence and community.
Amen to that. Having revisited my Twitter stream after several months on a break, I suspect it delivers to the desktop all the difficulties of the conventional newsroom: too much, way too soon. Real news comes from describing in emmense detail the particular (the Saxon’s called it weird – or wyrd), not the general quarry.
We need less, not more, hunting in packs which tends to be destructive rather than constructively tell us what’s actually going. (Time for another advert for our search for new Media categories in this year’s Slugger Awards).
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty