In his chapter “Crowd-Powered Collaboration,” author Mark Briggs talks about the increasing participatory role of the public in the newsgathering process. He quotes Clay Shirky who says about the evolving nature of journalism, “The change isn’t a shift from one kind of news institution to another but rather in the definition of news: from news as an institutional prerogative to news as part of a communications ecosystem, occupied by a mix of formal organizations, information collectives and individuals.” This is the state of the 4th Estate but is this a good thing?
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1. The Poynter article “How Steve Jobs changed (but didn’t save) journalism” quotes a source who said Jobs “believes democracy is hinged on a free press and that depends on there being a professional press.” But don’t his inventions encourage anyone to function as a journalist?
2. An ONA speaker on the 5th Estate panel said many people are “doing journalism” who aren’t trained as journalists, so we need to make sure that journalism tools are accessible to all. Do you agree? Isn’t this what Jobs’ inventions are doing – providing the tools?
3. Did Steve Jobs narrow or widen the “digital divide?” Explain.
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This week you read the first two and last chapters of the book, NewsGames: Journalism at Play. The author argues that newsgames offer a new way of thinking about the news and can be a valuable contribution when embraced as a viable method of practicing journalism. Play some of the games mentioned in the three chapters such as the Persuasive Games (founded by the author Ian Bogost) mentioned in Chapter 9. A few game examples and other resources can be found at: http://delicious.com/karenmturner/games
Also, a quick look at the Persuasive Games website shows some of the election games developed that are no longer available: http://www.persuasivegames.com/games/
Are newsgames really a viable way of practicing journalism? (The author cites a few missteps in Chapter 2) Can newsgames embrace the traditional tenets of journalism – accuracy, objectivity, timeliness, etc? Should they? Why the seeming resistance to this form of storytelling as discussed by the author in Chapter 9? Can/should newsgames be a realistic part of the future of journalism?
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You read the Future of Blogging chapter by Jill Walker Rettberg. She discusses the video EPIC 2014. There’s also an updated version EPIC 2015. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQDBhg60UNI View both. Obviously not everything predicted in 2004/2005 when the videos were produced have or will come to pass by 2014/2015 the way they were forecast but some of the concepts have. Rettberg says used well, the customization services described in both videos might be more powerful – and I’d argue appealing – than traditional newspapers and TV. Reflect on the readings to date, this future EPIC world as portrayed in the videos, your experiences with social media including your class tweeting and the lectures attended. What’s the future for media consumers? For journalists? Are the futures compatible?What can you do as a journalist-in-training to prepare for your predicted industry future?
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