What the Hell is Journalism Anyway? What is news?

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Presentation to the Online News Association January 12, 2010, Microsoft HQ, London

Presentation to the Online News Association January 12, 2010, Microsoft HQ, London

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  • 1. January 12, 2010, Microsoft, London What the Hell is Journalism Anyway? Paul Staines, Editor Guido Fawkes Blog
  • 2. Paid, unpaid, good, bad journalism / blogging. All the same.
  • 3. What is ‘news’?
  • 4. What is ‘news’? “ News is what people don't want you to know , everything else is advertising .”
  • 5. What is ‘news’? Raw data transmission is news. Thermometer readings are news. Price quotes are news.
  • 6. What is ‘news’? Journalism involves interpretation.
  • 7. What is ‘news’? News aggregation is a form of editing.
  • 8. What is ‘news’? Twitter is news flow. Twittering is not journalism.
  • 9. ‘ News cycles’ are being replaced by ‘news streams’ just as old media is being replaced by news brands.
  • 10. Who will pay for news journalism?
  • 11. Who will pay for news journalism? Advertisers and subscribers.
  • 12. Who will pay for news journalism? Alternative revenue from non-profits, charities and vested interests. Don’t worry about lost impartiality, we never had it.
  • 13. Who will pay for news journalism? Guido sells advertising, sells stories and sells T-shirts. Minimal MSM journalism, appearance fees.
  • 14. Who will pay for news journalism?