Fast Food News?

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Fast Food News?

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

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