The present situation in the American press: a sketch for media historians

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Keynote address March 9, 2012 to the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at New York University.

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  • Cool.
    May I please have you permission to use this in my news documentary film 'Breaking the news?'

    The film pivots around the disruptive environment you point to here. It aims to chronicles both winners and losers over the past five years.

    https://vimeo.com/channels/break
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The present situation in the American press: a sketch for media historians

  1. 1. The present situation in theAmerican Press:A sketch for historiansJay Rosen, NYU @jayrosen_nyu#presssitch
  2. 2. I need you to lift and separate:MediaJournalismThe Press
  3. 3. The underlying media systemis different from…The evolving practice of journalismwhich is different from…The American press: an institution
  4. 4. The underlying media system:The distribution and productionnetworks writ large. The wires andtubes, means and platformsthrough which the many streams ofmodern “communications” flow.
  5. 5. The social practice of journalism…Can result in a market good, apublic good, or a political “good.”“Runs” on the media system weare actually using. Thus: evolves.
  6. 6. The American pressAn institution created when thecountry was created to improvethe chances that republicangovernment could work here
  7. 7. The American pressShould be kept in a 300 yearviewing frame: Tom Paine toArianna Huffington and her heirs
  8. 8. MediaJournalismThe Press_________The Present Situation
  9. 9. Changes in the underlying mediasystem…
  10. 10. are disrupting the economy ofnews production…
  11. 11. this is destabilizing the practice ofjournalism…
  12. 12. and releasing a flood ofprofessional anxiety…
  13. 13. while sending a current of renewalthrough the American press….
  14. 14. (Jay’s view…)which is good because it neededthat!
  15. 15. Keynote deliverable:The present situation in asentence…
  16. 16. Changes in the underlying mediasystem are disrupting the economyof news production, destabilizingthe practice ofjournalism, releasing a flood ofprofessional anxiety, and sending acurrent of renewal through theAmerican press.
  17. 17. These changes are still in motion.Their outcome is highly in doubt.They are bringing destruction andmisery as well as new possibility tojournalism.
  18. 18. News and journalism are not theonly “stack” that runs on the mediasystem’s circuitry…Book publishingThe music businessConsumer photography
  19. 19. Final slide! The present situation inthe American press is dominatedby a single unsolved problem.What sort of enterprise can bestsustain serious work, and itself, inthe difficult years ahead?

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