Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Startups and Other Developments in Journalism

This is a a lengthy and exhaustive piece about the changes that are happening in journalism today. There are quite a few new and innovative ventures that feature what the authors value most in journalism, independent news reporting, particularly of the local variety. Many of these have journalists who used to work for commercial newspapers that have since downsized. These are professionally trained journalists who want to continue to practice their craft. They are now working for these new ventures at much reduced wages, sometimes for free. This abundant labor supply is fueling experiments with alternate forms. Alternate funding models are also being investigated. Nobody know what will ultimately emerge. The only thing that is clear is that the current model is unstable.

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