News Isn’t Static, Literally

The business model of journalism is in a state of flux. But so also is the craft of journalism in the midst of a transformative shift, analyses Adam L. Penenberg, a journalism professor at N.Y.U.

Text-only stories, the kind your parents found in their morning newspapers, characterized by the classic inverted pyramid (most important stuff at the top, least important stuff at the bottom) could eventually go the way of 45-r.p.m. records.

The MP3 of journalism may be the “live blog,” which relies on the merging of platforms and weaving of text with video, audio, external links to other articles (including those of rival news organizations), blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, and whatever other useful information is available.

It doesn’t matter if information originates from a New York Times article; a tweet from an eyewitness on the scene; someone offering astute commentary and curating links; a video shot by a protester or produced by a team at CNN.  In the live-blog format, the walls between the separate silos of content simply, dissolves.



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