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This presentation was used at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference on April 25, 2009. It came out of a paper by the same name that was done for an independent study this fall.

This presentation was used at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference on April 25, 2009. It came out of a paper by the same name that was done for an independent study this fall.

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Getting the News Online Getting the News Online Presentation Transcript

  • Getting the News Online Today’s journalist and the Web Image courtesy of Paper Cuts
  • Getting the News Online Today’s journalist and the Web
  • Overview What will be covered in today’s presentation? State of the media Defining journalism and journalists Emergence of the Web The role of a journalist today The skills journalists need Reflections in the industry The future of journalists
  • State of the media What does the media landscape look like today? Layoffs at U.S. newspapers: 2008: 15,859 layoffs and buyouts As of April 15,2009: 8,097 Closures and bankruptcies: Seattle PI, Rocky Mountain News More than 50 newspapers closed so far Job openings: On JournalismJobs.com Aug. 2007: 628 postings in newspaper/wires April 15, 2009: 144 postings in newspaper/wires
  • State of the media What does the media landscape look like today? Attitude: 30 percent of reporters and editors think it is not likely they will lose their jobs in the next three years Reasons: Loss of revenue and readership: Classified ads and subscriptions down Newspapers bought at inflated prices Content available online for free Current economic situation
  • Survival How will newspapers overcome these challenges? “Newspapers cannot be defined by the second word - paper. They’ve got to be defined by the first - news. If we’re going to define ourselves by our history, then we deserve to go out of business” -Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times
  • Journalism defined What is journalism? Definitions “Written material of current interest or wide popular appeal” (American Heritage Dictionary) “An invention or a form of expression used to report and comment in the public media on the events and idea of the here and now” (G. Stuart Adam) Roles of a journalist To gather the facts and tell the story
  • News goes online How did we get to where we are today? “ I think most of the machinery now employed in printing the day’s, the week’s, or the month’s doings will be junked by the end of this century and will be as archaic as the bell ringer’s bell, or the herald’s trumpet. New methods of communication I think will supersede the old.” -William Allen White, 1931
  • News goes online How did we get to where we are today? Internet and the press 1991: Web is made available for commercial use 1994: 20 newspapers in the world had Web sites 1999: 5,000 newspapers had sites 2000: International Online Journalism Awards created Today: Few newspaper are without a site
  • News goes online How did we get to where we are today? Internet and the audience: 1992: Two million computers were connected to the Internet Today: 75 percent of all Americans adults of a total population of more than 230 million use the Internet 70 percent of those who use it do so daily 39 percent of these active Internet users seek news online daily
  • News goes online How did we get to where we are today? Internet provides Capacity Flexibility Immediacy Permanence Interactivity Democratization of publishing What does that mean for newspapers?
  • The journalist today Who is a journalist? News as a conversation “Everyone can be a journalist” The citizen journalist/blogger 37 percent of all Americans who go online engage with user-generated content Challenges Legal definitions of journalists Press passes Do professional journalists still have value? -Yes, but their role has to change.
  • Skill sets (Broad) What skills does a journalist need? Thinking online Understanding of the Storytelling across changing media mediums landscape and media Writing across consumption Ability to platforms, including Web writing manage, moderate and Copy editing participate in Researching and guiding interactivity Curiosity and healthy Data management Enterprise skepticism Strong technical skills Energy and passion
  • Skill sets (Technical) What skills does a journalist need? Create multimedia Social networking Video and video editing Social booking and Audio media sharing Photography and photo Soundslides RSS editing HTML Podcasting Use of content Flash Twitter management systems Photoshop Remote transmission Blogs
  • Current state Has it really changed that much? Journalists’ responses 2/3 of professional journalists think splitting time across platforms is positive 45 percent of local journalists say the Internet will weaken rather than strengthen those values 25 percent of journalists spent no time working on their organization’s Web product National journalists are 3x as likely as local to devote half or more of their time to multimedia
  • Current state Has it really changed that much? Washington journalists say “Community paper” focus still makes it mostly about the print product Concerns about immediacy, decreased accuracy and loss of depth Only a few respondents were more positive and saw needs for embracing new technology while balancing other aspects of the job
  • The future of the journalist Is the challenge really possible? Jack-of-all trades Helpful or hurtful Compensation Is it even possible? “We can’t do it all, but I think – I hope – we can do something because, to be frank, we have to.” - Alison Glow
  • More information What now? Getting the News Online: Today’s journalist and the Web www.todaysjournalist.wordpress.com Jasmine Linabary jlinabary09@gmail.com Also follow me or find me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, del.icio.us, Wired Journalists