Anecdote of overheard conversation at a journalists’ convention, concluding with, “Yes, it’s all about story.” We in journalism education – and the profession – are very skilled at teaching writing and at telling stories. The problem is, we are far less skilled in having something to say, something of importance and rich with insight that can help – and not merely entertain – our readers and listeners. So this presentation could also be titled [CLICK]
No, it is not “All about story.” Prof. Tom Johnson Institute for Analytic Journalism Santa Fe, New Mexico USA t o m @ j t j o h n s o n . c o m Natal Witness Durban, South Africa 5 September 2006
And or & or + Prof. Tom Johnson Institute for Analytic Journalism Santa Fe, New Mexico USA t o m @ j t j o h n s o n . c o m Natal Witness Durban, South Africa 5 September 2006
Learn to think in multiple dimensions: non-local & non-traditional sources; depth of sourcing; raw data; dynamic online "data“ (i.e non-documents)
Need greater analytic skills, e.g. quantification, mapping
Greater degrees of specialization in newsroom (GA reporter may be a dying intellectual breed in 5-10 years. Declining status?)
No, it is not “All about story.” It’s about AND , & and + Prof. Tom Johnson Institute for Analytic Journalism Santa Fe, New Mexico USA t o m @ j t j o h n s o n . c o m Natal Witness Durban, South Africa 5 September 2006
. . . an organism (with stages of life, blood, head, and heart)
. . . a factory (with raw material, source of power, bosses, and workers)
. . . a building (with foundation, windows, and façade)
. . . an ecology (with niches, climates, and food chains) Source: Weinberg, Gerald M. “ An Introduction to General Systems Thinking” http://www.dorsethouse.com/books/gst.html See also http://www.geraldmweinberg.com/Bookstuff/Each_Book/GST.html
If one learns the structures, when transferring from one discipline to another, much of the learning could be transferred. When studying a new discipline one would simply have to learn the labels on the structures in the new discipline.
Journalism is NOT just about telling stories. It is about facilitating the “transaction” between people who want data (to make their own information), and the sources with the data. (Analysis of the data helps, but only if it is valid and meaningful.)
Tools like ASP.Net
This transaction includes commerce. (How can we link the products to the interested people? Use PDF page files and XML tags)
Dynamic Datasphere Models: Epidemiology Figure 4. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome cases in the Four Corners region, by probable exposure site location, 1993–1995 (n = 53 cases and 52 exposure sites).