The role of news in an era of overload

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The role of news in an era of overload

  1. 1. the role of newsIN THE ERA OF OVERLOAD
  2. 2. MATT THOMPSONEDITORIAL PRODUCT MANAGER,NPR’s Project Argo
  3. 3. TWOPARABLES
  4. 4. I: A tale of two scandals. Watergate v. Enronladouceur78 / Flickr alex-s / Flickr
  5. 5. The Watergate Hotel - Noah Kalina / Flickr
  6. 6. The column that felled Enron FORTUNE, 3/5/01
  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. A good newspaper,I suppose, is aNATIONTALKINGTO ITSELF ARTHUR MILLER, 1961
  13. 13. But that’s already happening… TweetDeck
  14. 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. 15. Nobody is looking foranother thing to read.
  16. 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. 17. Step 1: MASTER THECONVERSATION.
  18. 18. Talking Points Memo
  19. 19. not a series of isolated dispatches.A STREAM.
  20. 20. Step 2: NURTURE THECONVERSATION.
  21. 21. traditional reportingis about building aROLODEX
  22. 22. a b c d e f j 
  23. 23. tomorrow’s reportingis about building aNETWORK
  24. 24. A B C D Ed j Ge f   
  25. 25. turn sourcesinto commenters
  26. 26. WBUR’s CommonHealth
  27. 27. … cont’d.
  28. 28. Step 3: EXTEND THECONVERSATION.
  29. 29. you have to go where theconversation isbefore you can gowhere it isn’t
  30. 30. The column that felled Enron FORTUNE, 3/5/01
  31. 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. 32. Imagine an alternate history
  33. 33. @mthompsmthompson@npr.org mthomps.comThank you.

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