All We Have Left: Skill
Interesting conclusion to a post about a story the traditional media failed to cover:
I would also point out one thing which I am sure will be missed by the “Old Media is indispensable” faction, which is that there is no need for any of these amateurs to ever do any journalism again. It is, in my view, very likely that they won’t. It will be other amateurs who do and that is a key unappreciated strength of this thing, that each story can be done not by someone who gets assigned to go through the motions, but by a small set of people passionate about that particularly issue.
Journalists had three things going for them in the traditional media age: time, skills and access to distribution.
We’ve lost two of those. In aggregate, the general public and bloggers in particular have more time available that all traditional journalists put together. And access to distribution is available to anyone with a computer or mobile phone and an internet connection.
So, what can we do with skill, where the other two aren’t the defining factor?
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Some Good Reading About The Future of News Paid Members Public
Good stuff I’ve read recently, haven’t linked to yet, but don’t have much to add to right now: * The Nichepaper Manifesto [http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/haque/2009/07/the_nichepaper_manifesto.html] – an articulate and well argued guide to how niche publishing might looks going forwards. * Media