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Where’s my paycheck? Thoughts on the future of journalism

We’re obviously in an age of very uncertain times for journalists.  I sat down with two experts, Robert McClure and Hanson Hosein, to get an understanding of their unique perspectives on where journalism is headed and some of the current obstacles and opportunities provided by “the shakedown.”

Robert McClure is Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, has covered environmental news since the late 1980s and has been working in Seattle since 1999.  He covered groundbreaking stories and ran a popular blog at the Seattle P-I until the paper halted it’s print edition. Since then, he’s been working with a team of accomplished journalists on a project called Investigate West.  Investigate West (website coming soon) is a nonprofit start-up devoted to Web 2.0 investigative and narrative journalism in the West. It’s funded by members, media partners and major donors.

As the Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington, Hanson Hosein is well aware of the technological changes that uprooting the values of traditional journalism.  He’s worked as a solo broadcaster around the world for MSNBC.com.  Through his company HRH Media, Inc. he’s produced the award winning films, Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom and Pop, and Independent America: Rising from Ruins.

Notes from DigiDave

David Cohn, or DigiDave, is the founder and creator of Spot.us.  Today our Digital Journalism class was lucky enough to sit in with him for a video chat on important topics and trends in journalism.

Objectivity

“Transparency trumps objectivity.”

  • Some of the best journalism come from advocacy journalism.
  • Good reporting is thorough and accurate – but not necessarily objective.
  • Focusing on objectivity in metropolitan newspapers created a loss and disconnect with “on the ground” local issues.

Community journalism

  • Community journalists and professional news organizations are interdependent.
  • Citizens have amazing ability to cover breaking news, i.e. crisis situations.
  • Reporter as community organizer – use readers as sources.
  • “Do what you do best and link to the rest” –Jeff Jarvis.
  • Hone in on what you do best for added value.
  • Shared power, shared voice.

Interesting ventures in entrepreneurial journalism

Future business models

  • There won’t be one solution –  the best organization will use multiple tools.
  • Being an expert in a certain field results in multiple revenue streams.
  • Hyperlocal journalism fills a niche.