Category Archives: Interviews

Researcher: Reading News at Work Lowers Inclination to Pay

There was a time when folks leisurely read their news over breakfast. Alas, Northwestern University researcher Pablo Boczkowski has found that now people are reading most of their news on the internet at work. Their new reading habits are such that, according to Boczkowski, it is unlikely that they will pay for the news. Boczkowski…

Robert Picard Optimistic About Journalism, Not News Bureaucracies

As part of Leonard Witt’s video series on the Future of Journalism he spoke with Robert Picard, a well respected media economist; when Witt asked him the big question about the Future of Journalism, Picard responded: I’m very optimistic about the future of news and journalism. I’m not as optimistic about large bureaucratized organizations that…

Rosenstiel, A Journalism Optimist — But It May Be a Long Wait

Yesterday, after using the Baltimore media ecosystem as a case study, the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) issued a rather gloomy report on the state of local news. A few weeks ago, I asked Tom Rosenstiel, director of PEJ, if he was an optimist or pessimist about the state of the journalism….

Geek Squad Founder: Journalism Start-Ups Must Think Mobile First

Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens says anyone contemplating a journalism start-up should think of getting a mobile presence first and then think of a computer application that plays off the app, not the other way around. Indeed, if he were starting the Geek Squad today, it would not be providing support for computers, it would…

Economist Lisa George: Journalism Survivors Will Earn More

Lisa George, an empirical economist and professor at Hunter College in New York City, says there probably will be “fewer journalists in the future. But those that remain in the market will probably earn much more.” Here is why, according to George: People who do read internet news focus on many fewer sources than what…

Schudson: Society must take responsibility for journalism’s future

In a video interview and transcript below, journalism historian Michael Schudson says government, philanthropy, public radio, nonprofits and universities all should have a role in advancing the future of journalism. Schudson, who recently co-authored The Reconstruction of American Journalism for Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, adds: We need a mixed model of funding streams…

Rosen: News elites endangered as information sources expand

Jay Rosen, like Clay Shirky in an earlier Future of Journalism interview, says people will be better informed in the future because: “We don’t have to depend on a single elite for our information,” and he adds, “I’m not optimistic about the survival of this cloistered elite that once monopolized the news system.”

Clay Shirky on journalism’s future: Revolutions get worse first

Clay Shirky’s prognostication for the future of journalism: “Things are going to get weirder before they get saner.” And he adds: “In real revolutions things get worse before they get better. .. One of the bad things I think is going to happen is, I think civic corruption is just going to rise for towns…