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  • 1. WAN-IFRA 9th International Newsroom SummitFast food news?
    George Brock
    Professor and Head of Journalism
    City University London
    London September 2010
  • 2. “Finger food news”
    Sounds unappetising, no?
    But it’s based on old assumption…
    …about two-dimensional space
    “Fast” = 2 issues
    Small screens, not many words
    Speed of news cycle
    Second of these is the larger issue for journalism
    “Mobile” is now wireless tablets
  • 3.
  • 4. What’s the context?
    At the start of overlapping waves of change
    Mobile adoption rate x8 broadband
    Google: do mobile apps first
    Info explosion: 5 exabytes every 2 days
    Windows into a single info cloud?
    Journalism decoupled from distribution
    Where are you on the books-to-instantaneous scale?
  • 5. Content, not hardware
    But hardware does influence content
    Finding new grammar online
    Connections and “mutualisation”
    Downward in text but through links
    Information being processed in news ways
    e.g. GaonKiAwaaz, Uttar Pradesh
  • 6.
  • 7. Things to hold on to
    Data, information, journalism are not the same
    In connected, media-rich world, journalism has 4 core tasks:
    Verification
    Sense-making
    Witness
    Investigation
    Challenge is finding business model for these
  • 8. Things I haven’t talked about
    Will people pay? (Increasingly, yes)
    Is the web dead, killed by apps? (Unlikely)
    What’s technical definition of mobile? (It’ll work itself out)
    Geolocation (transformative in local)
  • 9. Enriching the “finger food”
    Are we going to see…re-intermediation?
    Rewiring newsrooms
    e.g. Weigel + Wise
    Filters (a.k.a. “editors”) still matter
    Importance of words
    Links: journalism as a encyclopaedia on the move
    Assembling jigsaws
  • 10. Takeaways
    Hardware does shape content…to a degree
    Mobile is not bite-sized anymore
    Switch on your inner anthropologist
    In the end, it will be content that counts
    Most important dimension is trust
  • 11. www.georgebrock.net
    @georgeprof
    www.city.ac.uk/journalism/