A journey from old media to new:
“I’ve had the priviledge of working on a wide variety of media, but working on the Daily Beast is a real high for me, and has been a great blast.
“I’ve felt assailed every minute by new things to learn. What the hell are these terms – wire frames? I’ve found new contradictions, it’s intoxicating, the wait between holding on to our scoops are over. On the web I’m more boxed in though from a layout point of view I’m less free, but I’m learning how to be experimental, in finding new voices.
Also what would the web have looked like if we’What would WilliamBlake.com or GeorgreOrwell.co.uk have looked like
Raw news can flash onto our screens without the filter.
Unmediated voices are extremely thrilling and finding them is very satisfactory.
But what of the consumer? There is a cachophony of voices. There are unsettling sides too. What Nick Davis has called Churnalism. The same few facts recycled over and over. The ever increasing want for copy, for immediate filing. People too busy filing to actuall see the real piece of news. People feel secretly out of the loop. Some have stopped reading altogether and rely on comedy programmes last thing at night.
Who can consumers trust?
There is a real incideous side to the web.
What do we as journalists have to do?
Think about what editors can do. They need to curate the news in a more rigourous way. Examples of sites that are doing that: FirstPost, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politicts, Arts & Letters Daily. But there is still room for more.
Evolution of a publication is now possible at great speed – fruit fly speed. This allows editors to be more creative than ever before. Online liberates, it supports freedom of thought, freedom of expression.
The first duty of the journalist: arouse interest.
UPDATE: Alf Hermida on the speech.