Journalism is changing every day, and so are the pundits' predictions about what will become of the institution of journalism, the journalists in school today, and newspapers themselves. Have trouble tracking the chatter? My streamlined picks for the most insightful articles on the future of news this week:
- Living Stories: NYT and Google produce jaw-dropping online journalism form
Breaking with good list form and putting the best first: this really blew my socks off, and this is from a gal who reads a dozen articles a day about the future of news. But this IS "jaw-dropping," as the article headline states. In the midst of all the conferences about the future of newspapers, the future of journalism, and government bailouts for newspapers, finally someone has actually taken a look at how users consume news and created a form based on how we seek and process information--and that "someone" is Google. Plus the New York Times. Plus the Washington Post. Rock on. Get on with your own bad self.
- Next year's news about the news: what we'll be fighting about in 2010
Another insightful post from Neiman Lab delineating the old battles (bloggers vs. journalists, for one) and what we'll be arguing about next year. Great focus on the new media ecosystem and pointed questions about how we will produce, digest, relate to and converse about news, journalism and journalists.
- Journalism's hottest job
Not at all surprising, as newspapers scramble to find and create new business models and adapt to an information-hungry but pay-reluctant public.
- 8 Must-have traits of tomorrow's journalist
Vadim Lavrusik's newest article on the future of journalists. He's dead on with his first requirement--absolutely journalists will fail without a sense of entrepreneurial spirit.
- VIDEO: Clay Shirky on journalism: "things will get weirder before they get saner"
Clay Shirky's prognostication for the future of journalism: our concern should not be how to build a big, new institution but how to cull together the patchwork that journalism is today