Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Some cause for optimism in the world of journalism

Amid all the doom and gloom in the media industry Charlie Beckett points us in the direction of some reasons for optimism by directing us to the thoughts of Richard Addis

He gives five reasons for optimism

1.There’s a growing public demand for serious journalism.

2.In the next three years media owners will start to support “good” journalism. They’ll have to.

3.It’s an open field. Anyone can be the next Joseph Pulitzer

4.Attractive populism is a real possibility

5.Print has a great future

Reading it I was in total agreement about 1-4 but wasn't sure at 5.This is his explanation

The best newspapers of the next 10 years will create powerful online networks and use them to help create the words and pictures that they put into print. Print is not just a technology to be replaced by a newer one. Print is a genre with a soul of its own. But to survive, it must change. There’s no future for 126 page papers filled with a mix of heavy, light, UK, foreign, business, arts and sporting news. Papers will have to focus ruthlessly on what they do best and leave the rest to others. What they do best is to edit

Thus the quick read newspaper edited down newspaper is reborn.

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