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Presentation to WAN-IFRA Newsroom Summit, London, September 2010

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    Fast Food News? Fast Food News? Presentation Transcript

    • WAN-IFRA 9th International Newsroom SummitFast food news?
      George Brock
      Professor and Head of Journalism
      City University London
      London September 2010
    • “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
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • www.georgebrock.net
      @georgeprof
      www.city.ac.uk/journalism/