How the web is making journalism better?


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An illustrative presentation made by Mick Fealty to a group of fellows at the Reuters Institute at Green College, Oxford, in November 2008.

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    1. 1. Saving Journalism… Or how an articulate commons can make it better…
    2. 2. Simplicity to complexity… <ul><li>“ The internet is a ’stupid network’ with one simple rule - move packets from one end to another and then some. What we see today was built on one of the simplest architectures around, but with inbuilt flexibility and rules to allow complexity. The same applies to the social aspects of the web.” </li></ul><ul><li>Adriana Lukas, The Big Blog Company </li></ul>
    3. 3. Slugger, 5 th June 2002 <ul><li>This is the first post. The rest should follow. News on politics and gossip and things regarding Northern Ireland and it's future. </li></ul><ul><li>posted by Mick @ 7:11 PM </li></ul>
    4. 4. Slugger, 5 th October 2008
    5. 5. Filling gaps journalism can’t… <ul><li>“ practice many reporters shrank from doing their jobs, and were – and still are – content to be mere stenographers of the peace process for fear that they could be accused, at the very least, of being ‘unhelpful’ to the process, and at worst, of being actively opposed to it.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Moloney, The Peace Process and journalism </li></ul>
    6. 6. Web 2.0, changing as you go..
    7. 7. Networked journalism… <ul><li>“ Networked journalism” takes into account the collaborative nature of journalism now: professionals and amateurs working together to get the real story, linking to each other across brands and old boundaries to share facts, questions, answers, ideas, perspectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Jarvis, Buzz Machine </li></ul>
    8. 9. “ Television’s all over the place” <ul><li>The clichéd putdown about the blogosphere is that it's just people spouting opinions, but this election has shown it's also about expertise and information -- collated, graphed, spread-sheeted, distilled, and cross-tabbed. </li></ul><ul><li>Ariana Huffington, Ready to Declare a Winner </li></ul>
    9. 10. Bloggers & journos: ideal others? <ul><li>“ Press tools” once owned by media companies and operated by professional journalists are now firmly in the hands of anyone who wants them. This meets the technical definition of a revolution: the means of production have actually changed hands. </li></ul><ul><li>Jay Rosen, If bloggers had no ethics… </li></ul>
    10. 11. When undernews penetrates news <ul><li>With NYT reporters and bloggers all openly discussing unverified reports, whatever is true will become un-unverified that much faster. And the public is proving, by and large, to be quite capable of distinguishing between stories that are true and rumors that are still being investigated. </li></ul><ul><li>Mickey Kaus, Model 3 is born? </li></ul>
    11. 12. Truth matters more than ever… <ul><li>And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? </li></ul><ul><li>John Milton, Areopagitica </li></ul>
    12. 13. Or put another way… <ul><li>We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. </li></ul><ul><li>George Orwell </li></ul>