The Future Journalism Project is a multiplatform documentary exploring the present state, current disruption and future possibilities of American journalism.
The four major themes we’re exploring run as follows:
Traditional Journalism schools teach broadcast, print and radio. Over the last decade they’ve included concentrations around the lines of “New” or “Digital” Media. Continued segmentation appears inadequate when compared to the cross platform demands of practicing journalists. So how should current and future journalists be educated? Apart from traditional study (ie, reporting, ethics, etc.), what skills should they acquire, and how are — or can — other disciplines such as computer science augment a journalist’s education.
It’s no longer enough to be a print, TV, radio or Internet reporter. Instead, these disciplines are merging and practitioners must be skilled in each. Newsrooms are evolving in both the technologies they employ and the speed they need to produce. If cable brought us the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet introduced the minute to minute news cycle. Markets are changing as well. While major news organizations attempt to cover local, national and international news, a number of new initiatives now focus on the hyper-local. How are these changes, and the fact that journalists and newsrooms are being asked to do more with less, affecting journalism? How many news organizations are prepared?
Journalism Business Models
If our current digital age can be seen as one of immense disruption and opportunity, journalism — and especially print journalism — has taken a major hit. Countless newspapers have closed in the past few years and those that remain struggle to stay afloat. Many attempts to come up with new business models have been discussed. Some hope updated subscription models or charging for content delivery through new platforms can pull the industry out of its doldrums. Others believe that traditional revenue models must be revisited in their entirety. Still others think there is no way out except to flip to non-profit models endowed by foundations and grants. The questions are many, but what are the answers? And is there light at the end of this very dark tunnel?
Journalism and Democracy
It’s long been a cornerstone belief that a strong democracy needs a strong, independent and free press, but where did this idea come from and how was it formed? Will American democracy and politics change in the face of weakened journalism institutions? And with an already low public opinion about its nation’s media, does the American public really care? Should they? If so, how are the stakes made known to them?
Questions & Comments
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