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Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Changing face of Journalism

I have been working on developing a resource that our journalism class could use to examine how this profession is changing with technology. In the mean time this audio (51 minutes - download is 23mb and can be played on an mp3 player - you may need to register) has became available where Dan Gilmore discusses the impact of new technologies on the face of journalism. This seems to me to be a great place to start because he provides such a great range of examples/stories that is so much easier for me to absorb when an audio presentation (vs written). His great use of examples sets him apart from some of the crystal ball gazers. Essentially it is comparatively easy and cheap for individuals to produce news media and to make it available quickly. It is searchable. It is also easier to study an issue in more depth and breadth. One of the issues that he rightly raises is the issue of copyright. I think that the current copyright rules have had their day and will be (already are) an encumbrance to progress.

"What role can and should technology play in contributing to transparency--full disclosure--in the media? After all, given that it's been such an enabler to the revolution in journalism, shouldn't it also be a driving force in integrity as well?" This short article is at zdnet. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5539175.html

Bob Stepno's page for his Journalism students at the School of Journalism & Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville This gives some idea of what the people who are training journalists are thinking as important.

His journalism weblog makes for some interesting reading as he explores some of the emerging technologies (wiki, blog, podcasting, etc.) and how they impact on the world of journalism

Missouri School of Journalism - a good explanation of podcasting

This comment was posted on 2/9/2005
Barely visible on the horizon four months ago, podcasting is busting out all over, both in terms of exposure and in technical development. USA Today has two articles on podcasting today, and a new Flash-based players allows bloggers to “quote” pieces of podcasts. http://www.tamark.ca/students/?p=581

So the change continues.


  • At 11:32 pm, Blogger Bill Kerr said…

    I like Dan Gillmor too

    Another very good journalism blog is jay rosen's PressThink: the ghost of democracy in the media machine

    I've learnt a lot from Rosen, the main thing being we now live in an age where everyone can own their own printing press

    that changes everything


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