I took a Washington Post seminar last semester where I kept hearing about how the company was not making any profit. All the while reading about local newspapers going out of business. People wonder if newspapers are dying? If this is the end times for journalists? Is it? Or, is this the birth of a new species in journalism?
Clay Shirky wrote in his recent blog post this month:
“When the value of complexity turns negative, a society plagued by an inability to react remains as complex as ever, right up to the moment where it becomes suddenly and dramatically simpler, which is to say right up to the moment of collapse. Collapse is simply the last remaining method of simplification.”
So has journalism collapsed? Or at the brink of collapse? It went from being really simple with news only on one format (print). Then it started getting complex with the internet. Once the idea of free-onlin-news-access went viral, news organizations found they have no way of making things simple again. In order to keep up with their competitors, online news organizations have to be up to date with new media. They have to exercise things like providing links to other articles, as well as screen captures, tagging, videos, photos, maps, polls, comments, options to share via blog/twitter/facebook, etc.
And now with the introduction of the iPad as a revolutionary way to read newspapers. I wonder has journalism already become as complex as it can be? Or has it already become simple, with amateur videographers and photographers making their own news via blogs and youtube.
Then there’s this idea of everyone being able to engage, to create journalism projects and broadcast it. With the internet and new media, journalism is now able to engage and connect everyone around the globe, especially with interactive features on websites.
Dr. Joel Selanikio took this a step further by attempting to expand the global news universe to those in developing countries who don’t have access to the internet. As a winner of the Knight News Challenge, Selanikio proposed a project to provide newsfeeds via text messages for those who don’t have computers. Episurveyor.org, the application that collects the web-based data, is completely free. Datadyne created MIP to broadcast text messages and create news feeds which was first piloted in Chile and Peru. This will allow news and news outlets to reach populations that they haven’t been able to reach before.