Thursday, January 11, 2007

Columbia Journalism Review: Beyond News

From Mitchell Stephens:

"The notion that journalists might be in a business other than the collection, ordering, and distribution of facts isn't new. In the days when the latest news was available to more or less anyone who visited the market or chatted in the street, weekly newspapers (at the time, the only newspapers) provided mostly analysis or opinion -- something extra. The growth of cities, the arrival of dailies, and the invention of swift fact-transmitting and fact-distributing machines (the telegraph and the steam press) encouraged the development of companies devoted to the mass production and sale of news. Their day lasted more than a hundred years. But the sun is setting."

Comment: Great article focusing on the future of journalism, not the future of any particular method of distribution (i.e. newspapers, cable tv, etc.).