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.