Saturday, June 6, 2009

Re-inventing Journalism

Steve McGookin, a journalist who lost his job a year ago, writes
on his blog about the enormous changes that are taking place in the media industry:

"I’ve been freelancing a bit, and doing some editorial consulting, but I haven’t had what used to be considered a ‘real’ job for a while. And I’m coming to the conclusion, like the increasing number of folks in a similar boat, that I’ll probably never work in a traditional newsroom again. Or perhaps even for a traditional news organization.

But you know what? That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Every industry needs a regular infusion of new blood and there are lots of enthusiastic and talented young people out there who – while they’ll undoubtedly face challenges – will find new opportunities as we go through this economic shakeout and media companies re-organize themselves."

Media as we have known it is rapidly changing. Blogs and bloggers are gaining growned at a dazzling speed. Blogs of people like Jeff Jarvis and Adam Singer have gained soo much authority, it's hard for newspapers to compete.

The air is filled with symbolism when Jeff Jarvis on his blog soo kindly stretches out his helping hand to Steve McGookin. New Media stretches out a helping hand to Old Media. Steve McGookin makes me think of the few people on the Titanic that knew the boat was going to go down while everybody is still dancing.

I regularly ask what others think of this grim image, will old media survive, but in general I get the answer that it's not that bad, newspapers will allways continue to exist. Myself, since I started blogging several years ago, I can allmost feel how immense the impact of the blogosphere is and how fast it's gaining ground. Just look at the success of platforms like examiner where Ann Garrison writes as Energy Policy Examiner.

Steve McGookin is now blogging on streetmusicians on the subway in New York. He is re-inventing his career as a journalist. A great adventure? What are your thoughts on the survival of old media? How will journalism re-invent itself?

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