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  • 1. the role of newsIN THE ERA OF OVERLOAD
  • 2. MATT THOMPSONEDITORIAL PRODUCT MANAGER,NPR’s Project Argo
  • 3. TWOPARABLES
  • 4. I: A tale of two scandals. Watergate v. Enronladouceur78 / Flickr alex-s / Flickr
  • 5. The Watergate Hotel - Noah Kalina / Flickr
  • 6. The column that felled Enron FORTUNE, 3/5/01
  • 7. from information scarcity …
  • 8. … to information overload
  • 9. II. The classic editor RAIJSI / Flickr
  • 10. redmondbarry / Flickr
  • 11. The water cooler effect in reverse
  • 12. A good newspaper,I suppose, is aNATIONTALKINGTO ITSELF ARTHUR MILLER, 1961
  • 13. But that’s already happening… TweetDeck
  • 14. There is a new profession ofTRAIL BLAZERS– those who find delight in the task ofestablishing useful trailsthrough the enormous massof the common record. VANNEVAR BUSH, 1945
  • 15. Nobody is looking foranother thing to read.
  • 16. The biggest shortage in journalism right now isn’t good writers, or even enlightened proprietors willing to fund investigations.IT’S CRITICALREADERS. FELIX SALMON, 2010
  • 17. Step 1: MASTER THECONVERSATION.
  • 18. Talking Points Memo
  • 19. not a series of isolated dispatches.A STREAM.
  • 20. Step 2: NURTURE THECONVERSATION.
  • 21. traditional reportingis about building aROLODEX
  • 22. a b c d e f j 
  • 23. tomorrow’s reportingis about building aNETWORK
  • 24. A B C D Ed j Ge f   
  • 25. turn sourcesinto commenters
  • 26. WBUR’s CommonHealth
  • 27. … cont’d.
  • 28. Step 3: EXTEND THECONVERSATION.
  • 29. you have to go where theconversation isbefore you can gowhere it isn’t
  • 30. The column that felled Enron FORTUNE, 3/5/01
  • 31. Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLeanwas also at the breakfast, and she confirmed thatthe blogosphere is a goldminefor people like her who wantto understand the [financial] crisis. FELIX SALMON, 2010
  • 32. Imagine an alternate history
  • 33. @mthompsmthompson@npr.org mthomps.comThank you.