How Journalism Survives New Media (By Saving Itself)

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Just because newspapers are suffering, it does not mean that Journalism is dying (far from it). That being said, we still need to figure out who is going to pay for quality (and unbiased) Journalism in a world struggling to find a viable business model for newspapers.

After posting the amazing presentation that Jay Rosen gave to Journalists (How Mass Media Learns About New Media), it occurred to me that no matter how much money the mass media newspapers are bleeding, there will always be some kind of newspaper, simply because the world needs Journalism. We need to understand what is happening in our communities, our cities, our states (or provinces), our countries and our world. Rosen argues that it’s going to be some kind of hybrid model where both professional journalists will co-mingle with amateurs (or citizen journalists). Jeff Jarvis (author of What Would Google Do? and media pundit over at Buzzmachine) has been doing lots of real work specifically on this topic. Jarvis is part of a project called, New Business Models For News, and they have been posting their thoughts, business models, ideas and provocations.

Here are some of the initial thoughts from Jeff Jarvis on how Journalism is going to survive and thrive:

Jeff Jarvis on New Business Models for News 2009 from CUNY Grad School of Journalism on Vimeo.


  1. So I’m watching this presentation, and TweetDeck throws up a notice with a Tweet from Jeff Jarvis. It was weird and I said so. What do I get back two minutes later?
    “@jeffjarvis: @IanMRountree I haunt you.”
    As Jarvis says in the video, the future of the web is interactivity and contribution. The future of the web is the future of society, much as we dislike it sometimes. Let Rupert put that in his pipe and smoke it.

  2. I don’t think there’s a more interesting aspect of online right now, than the future of newspapers and just how big a role bloggers are going to play in that. An interesting talk, getting right down to the business of blogging. I’m still not sure whether the future lies in bloggers being given a platform such as the NYT, or if it’s in journalists embracing social media themselves. Watch this space I guess!

  3. > there will always be some kind of newspaper, simply because the world needs Journalism
    I understand your point but I think your choice of words is wrong.
    (1) There will always be some kind of news — not “newspaper”. Paper has not always been and will not remain necessary — especially because it contributes to eradicates our forests and requires too much energy to be produced and distibuted. There will still be some kind of print material for a long while, though, but it will become a moire deluxe product than it is nowadays.
    (2) the world needs independent information sources — not “Journalism”. Although the word journal also means “a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations”, I think we should begin to use it carefully because it his intimately tied in our mind to the paper-made objects “newspaper”, “periodical” and “magazine”.

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