Odds are you’re here because you like journalism, right? And along those lines you probably care about the future of journalism, saavy? If you answered yes to both then this is a great place to start. Take a look at these 20 innovative visions for media from the 2011 John S. Knight Fellows. Projects range from interactive documentaries of the Egyptian revolution to a competetive interactive game teaching citizen journalism pratices to Armenian civilians. What’s your idea for the future of journalism?
Many of you know that I had the privilege of attending ReadWriteWeb’s 2Way Summit last week, and what you’ll soon learn is that because of your help I was able to sit down for lunch with Andy Carvin (video interview coming soon!). Somehow he found a way to squeeze me in between interviews with CNN, Canada Public Broadcasting, and the BBC. He was especially in demand that day because he had just broken a huge story, showing that the “Gay Girl in Damascus” is a fraud. My suggested reading this week is the absolutely fascinating collection of tweets that have been “storified,” detailing the revelation that the “gay girl” is actually a straight American man in Scotland. Carvin’s work recently (and this story in particular) show how journalism is changing in the digital age. Go check out the Storify.
Journalists write articles. That’s what they do. Or that’s what they did before the digital world brought us other possibilities. Now, Jeff Jarvis calls articles a “luxury.” He says that reporters are doing amazing things, such as tweeting live coverage of important events, and that articles may not always be needed. He does point out that complex stories will require articles. I still think written articles are essential to help us make sense of all the information we get for most topics. Read Jarvis’ article to see what else he has to say about this idea.