Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Clay Shirky on technology, journalism and how one impacts the other

Clay Shirky serves as Edward R. Murrow Lecturer at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media and Public Policy among other things; here's his very interesting summary on how emergent technologies are changing the way we report the news these days.

More evidence that the student journalist's job is a big one: learn the core values of the discipline, learn how to report and write and develop an awareness of both the limits and the opportunities presented by new technologies.

A taste:
We are living through a shock of inclusion, where the former audience is becoming increasingly intertwined with all aspects of news, as sources who can go public on their own, as groups that can both create and comb through data in ways the professionals can't, as disseminators and syndicators and users of the news.

This shock of inclusion is coming from the outside in, driven not by the professionals formerly in charge, but by the former audience. It is also being driven by new news entrepreneurs, the men and women who want to build new kinds of sites and services that assume, rather than ignore, the free time and talents of the public.

Where do you fit?

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