Welcome to Newstweek.

2009/04/21

Where do I even start is the million dollar question here. The future of journalism is murky to all of us. What I will try to cover in this post is an appetizer of things to come.

As a short intro, my name is Jessica Pacheco. I’m a 22 year-old journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno. When I am not in school, I am working for Insight Magazine as the senior and web editor.I also enjoy Japanese and Chinese culture and music.

This blog, in short, is not a solution to the problem currently facing journalism, but the start of a conversation about how we can better it. How we can accommodate for changing times.

A couple key points before you read on:
1. There are no simple answers.
2. Patience and innovation go hand in hand (so does bravery).
3. Mediocrity is not allowed.

I will not post boring stats about who is going under on this particular post. Though those numbers are depressing and important, I urge you to type ‘newspaper’ into google and see what you find. You’ll see a lot of key words/phrases like ‘bankruptcy’ ‘going under’ ‘not enough’ ‘transition’

The point is that we already know that times are dark.

I wanted to share  an article written in 2008, by a man who started his day as a reporter and ended it as an independent Journalist. It fits perfectly for what we will talk about in this blog. Change. Not only is it scary to some, it is also imminent to all of us. The face of journalism is constantly changing and we need to change with it.

Since the uprise of the internet, reporters and newsies around the globe have seen the change coming. The problem is that what you can get in the morning on your doorstep is stale by the time you get it. The nytimes you get in your inbox is updated constantly. We live in a thriving environment where this constant feed is necessary. The Annual Report on American Journalism for 2009 found that basically people want news all the time and not just at appointed times:

The data also suggest a clear trend in the changing nature of how Americans now learn about the world around them. People are relying more heavily — both during peak moments and in general — on platforms that can deliver news when audiences want it rather than at appointed times, a sign of a growing “on demand” news culture. People increasingly want the news they want when they want it.



Look at twitter. People love Twitter. The reason is called short-form blogging on the go. You can update about anything from anywhere. You don’t need to be a journalist to do that. In fact, the first news on the web about flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River was on Twitter. A journalist couldn’t have flown there faster to get the scoop.

That being said, we have encountered a situation where the old product we were offering to society is archaic. It’s like a address book. How many people do you know that whip out a little leather address book when you offer your number? People bring out their cellphones and put it in their memory. Printed newspapers are old and downright boring to the new generation. We’re also way overdue for an update. The update is here. This is conversation for it. How do we create a product that is distinguished, informative and appealing to our fast-paced world?

what do you think needs to change in Journalism?

Tell me your thoughts.

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