Future of News In An Increasingly Connected World
The events of Boston this week -- from the bombing to apprehending a suspect -- brought into stark relief the role of non-traditional news sources and highlighted weaknesses in traditional media systems.
- It seems obvious, but let me say this up front: there are more of "them" than "us."
- By "them" I mean people who aren't journalists. And by "us" ... well, let's just say trained-to-report-the-news folks.
- This isn't new.
- What's changed is that many -- maybe most -- of those non-journalists are carrying around in their hands the capability of a TV, radio and newspaper newsroom.
- My students and I have been talking about this for years: the role of news media in this always on world is verification.
- Look. Verification has always been a key role of journalists. But when you publish a paper once a day or broadcast news twice a day, verification is a lot more straightforward. Rumors did not have the life that they have today.
- News organizations cannot compete with on-the-ground sources when there is a disaster -- man-made or natural. There aren't enough trained-and-employed journalists.
- From January 15, 2009:
- And from January 12, 2010:
- And April 2013:
- However, this week traditional media fell down on the all-important job of verification.
- The New York Times and the BBC held a summit Saturday on social media and news. The panelists were frank.