Since next week’s focus is on new ways for journalism to function, I’m setting you up with some readings by heavy hitters in this area.
First, a classic: Clay Shirky’s Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable. While you’re there, have a look at some of Shirky’s other ideas (he’s on the course blogroll). The man doesn’t update often, but when he does it’s usually worth reading (he’s also got a book, Here Comes Everybody).
Next, something new. Dan Gillmor, the author of our course text, just put up this essay on the future of journalism education. What do you think of this list of principles? Does anything seem strange? What would you add?
Finally, a perspective on how journalists may have brought their current troubles upon themselves. Chris Hedges suggests that, rather than the Internet, twas objectivity killed the news. His assertion is that objectivity became less of an ideal than a way to maximize profits while avoiding angering the public and the powerful. Harsh? Perhaps, but what can we use here to build our own craft?
As always, responses are due by noon next Monday, Feb. 8. That’s MONDAY. Post them to the comments of this thread, and be prepared to discuss the future of journalism in next Tuesday’s class (no pressure).