from STORIES
to STREAMS
THE EVOLUTION OF THE BEAT
MATT THOMPSON
@mthomps
mthompson@npr.org
mthomps.com
TWO
PARABLES
I: A tale of two scandals.
Watergate Enronv.
ladouceur78 / Flickr alex-s / Flickr
The Watergate Hotel - Noah Kalina / Flickr
FORTUNE, 3/5/01
The column that felled Enron
from information scarcity …
… to information overload
II. The classic editor
RAIJSI / Flickr
redmondbarry / Flickr
The water cooler effect in reverse
ARTHUR MILLER, 1961
A good newspaper,
I suppose, is a
NATION
TALKING
TO ITSELF
twistori.com
But that’s already happening…
so what does a
good journalist
do now?
There is a new profession of
TRAIL BLAZERS
– those who find delight in the task of
establishing useful trails
through the e...
Nobody is looking for
another thing to read.
FELIX SALMON, 2010
The biggest shortage in
journalism right now
isn’t good writers,
or even enlightened proprietors
willin...
Step 1:
MASTER THE
CONVERSATION.
Talking Points Memo
tell us everything
we need to know
about something
draw patterns
connect dots
build context
not a series of isolated dispatches.
A STREAM.
Step 2:
NURTURE THE
CONVERSATION.
traditional reporting
is about building a
ROLODEX
j
a b c d e f

tomorrow’s reporting
is about building a
NETWORK
j

A B C D E
Gd
e f  
turn sources
into commenters
WBUR’s CommonHealth
… cont’d.
Step 3:
EXTEND THE
CONVERSATION.
you have to go where the
conversation is
before you can go
where it isn’t
FORTUNE, 3/5/01
The column that felled Enron
Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean
was also at the breakfast, and she confirmed that
the blogosphere is a goldmine
for people lik...
Imagine an alternate history
Thank you.
@mthomps
mthompson@npr.org
mthomps.com
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  1. 1. from STORIES to STREAMS THE EVOLUTION OF THE BEAT
  2. 2. MATT THOMPSON @mthomps mthompson@npr.org mthomps.com
  3. 3. TWO PARABLES
  4. 4. I: A tale of two scandals. Watergate Enronv. ladouceur78 / Flickr alex-s / Flickr
  5. 5. The Watergate Hotel - Noah Kalina / Flickr
  6. 6. FORTUNE, 3/5/01 The column that felled Enron
  7. 7. from information scarcity …
  8. 8. … to information overload
  9. 9. II. The classic editor RAIJSI / Flickr
  10. 10. redmondbarry / Flickr
  11. 11. The water cooler effect in reverse
  12. 12. ARTHUR MILLER, 1961 A good newspaper, I suppose, is a NATION TALKING TO ITSELF
  13. 13. twistori.com But that’s already happening…
  14. 14. so what does a good journalist do now?
  15. 15. There is a new profession of TRAIL BLAZERS – those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record. VANNEVAR BUSH, 1945
  16. 16. Nobody is looking for another thing to read.
  17. 17. FELIX SALMON, 2010 The biggest shortage in journalism right now isn’t good writers, or even enlightened proprietors willing to fund investigations. IT’S CRITICAL READERS.
  18. 18. Step 1: MASTER THE CONVERSATION.
  19. 19. Talking Points Memo
  20. 20. tell us everything we need to know about something
  21. 21. draw patterns connect dots build context
  22. 22. not a series of isolated dispatches. A STREAM.
  23. 23. Step 2: NURTURE THE CONVERSATION.
  24. 24. traditional reporting is about building a ROLODEX
  25. 25. j a b c d e f 
  26. 26. tomorrow’s reporting is about building a NETWORK
  27. 27. j  A B C D E Gd e f  
  28. 28. turn sources into commenters
  29. 29. WBUR’s CommonHealth
  30. 30. … cont’d.
  31. 31. Step 3: EXTEND THE CONVERSATION.
  32. 32. you have to go where the conversation is before you can go where it isn’t
  33. 33. FORTUNE, 3/5/01 The column that felled Enron
  34. 34. Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean was also at the breakfast, and she confirmed that the blogosphere is a goldmine for people like her who want to understand the [financial] crisis. FELIX SALMON, 2010
  35. 35. Imagine an alternate history
  36. 36. Thank you. @mthomps mthompson@npr.org mthomps.com
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