Posted by: structureofnews | August 12, 2010


Aaah – another site about The Future of Journalism.

A dull one.  Without the  invective and ideology about free vs. paid, pajama-clad bloggers vs. stick-in-the-mud mainstream media curmudgeons, and Utopian visions of crowdsourced news vs. dark fears about falling standards you can find elsewhere.  It has words like taxonomy and persistent content in it; discusses business models and revenue streams in dull, accountant-like language; and tries to dissect the sparkling prose journalists turn out into tiny bytes of data.

But there is a purpose here, and it’s based around the idea that we as journalists haven’t really thought about how people are changing the way they access information, or how we need to fundamentally rethink the way we carry out journalism and the kinds of – for want of a better word – products we turn out for them.

There’s much hand-wringing over the loss of the traditional business model of news, it’s true.  Perhaps too much.  And this site will contribute its share.  But hopefully it’ll also explore some of the less-explored questions about where the profession goes in a digital age.   And lay out some of the thinking behind one concrete idea that might help move the business forward: Something I’m calling Structured Journalism.

So, welcome – and I hope you find this interesting.

(An update: I first wrote those words 11 years ago, and it’s amazing how some of those passionately argued debates – free vs. paid! – have basically gone away.  Which is great.  So I could and should rewrite this intro.  But the third paragraph remains just as valid. Plus, I’m pretty lazy. )


  1. it’s interesting!

  2. Greetings from another relatively new journalism blogger trying to rethink different aspects of our shared profession. I’m fighting the good fight over at Stop by any time. 🙂


    • Welcome! And hope you enjoy the blog. Reg

  3. Dear Mr. Chua: Read your post about Bhutan; curious how come you don’t publish your email address…when you are discussing the future of news? Do you think it’s something journalists in the digital age should hide? I don’t mean to sound snippy or flip; I was at the NY Times in the early days of the Web when this question came up often. As it has in other newsrooms, since. I thought it very important in this medium to make myself available to readers, and I still do, more than ever.

    I’ve written a book about my experiences in and around the Kingdom of Bhutan involving the media there; it’s called Radio Shangri-La; it’s coming out in the US in February and has been sold in China as well. Hope we get to meet and discuss some time.


    • Lisa, thanks for the comment. Good question. I don’t know that it’s something that journalists should or shouldn’t hide; what we need is the ability to communicate, and that can take a number of forms. Email is one of them; so are comments. But the point is taken.

      I guess I’m a dinosaur when it comes to email addresses; not so much that I don’t want to be contacted, but that I try to segment my interests by email addresses, and never got around to setting up one for this. (I get way too many to efficiently deal with with my core work email address as it is. And we do publicize scmp email addresses.) Not that anyone who’s read the blog seems to have any trouble finding my email address.

      But I’ve sent you an email as well, so you do have my email address.


  4. Hi Reg,
    Do get in touch when you get settled in at Thomson Reuters, I head the Global News Graphics Desk in Singapore.

    • Jim,

      Absolutely. I’ll be there the first week of May. And I’m TR email now as well. Looking forward to meeting.



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