Part I.Journalism in the Internet Age The challenges and the opportunities
Journalism matters. We live in a much more interconnected world where information is ever-morecritical to our lives... Yet at the same time journalism isitself undergoing profound changes for social, economic and technological reasons. - Charlie Beckett
Some StatisticsAs of 2010, 166 newspapers in the United States have closed.Since 2001, an estimated 15,000 journalists have lost their jobs in the UnitedKingdom.A 2010 study found that from 2007 to 2009, newspaper circulation droppedin many developed countries - 25 percent in the UK, 30 percent in the USand 17 percent in Canada.The Newspaper Association of America reports $798 million in print lossesfor the ﬁrst half of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago. There was a$32 million gain in digital. The ratio of losses to gains is 25 to 1.Over the last ﬁve years, an average of 15 papers, or just about 1% of theindustry, has vanished each year. A growing number of executives predictthat in ﬁve years many newspapers will oﬀer a print home-deliverednewspaper only on Sunday, and perhaps one or two other days a week thataccount most print ad revenue.
Signs of the Times: Closures, LayoffsThe New York Times is considering selling the BostonGlobe, once a ﬂagship newspaper of the United States.In 2009, the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado’s oldestnewspaper closed.In 2012, The Times-Picayune announced it would cutback print circulation to three days a week.Drastic decline of foreign news bureaux.
Diverse skills - writing, editing, video, audio, photoSocial media: Knowledge of how to promote yourselfand how to use social media for your work - looking fornews, analyzing comments, engaging with readers andcreating sources.Citizen journalism - the democratization of newsproduction and new forms of audience engagement,cooperation
The move toward mobile holds some promising options for news producers. Tocapitalize on it the industry will need to do a better job than it did in thedesktop realm of quickly coming to understand audience behavior and developingtechnology and revenue models to adapt to it.