We’re fortunate enough to be living through a revolution in the way news is presented and delivered. While the disruption can be disconcerting, it’s also exciting — an opportunity for you to participate in the reinvention of this industry. As we head into the end of the academic term, it’s worthwhile to once again ponder the answer to this critical question: what is the future of news? What’s the direction of this industry? It will undoubtedly include the exploding social media element, as indicated in this video. What will sustain news organizations? The future of paywalls is debated in this piece. And speaking of financial sustainability, are we heading for a situation where only the rich can afford to be journalists? Check out this article, posted by Cassie in last week’s class. And what will the future bring to coverage of environmental issues, when even The New York Times, in the course of this semester, dismantled its environmental beat and its environmental blog, as discussed by The Times Public Editor in this piece?
This piece explains how newspapers could affect a drop in civic participation. Do you agree? In the midst of all this, it makes sense to peruse examples of strong reporting looks like. Based on these discussions, let’s hear your questions on the issues that are raised and the way the authors present them.
Here’s some more information about the people who will be judging the University of Michigan semi-annual News Entrepreneurs’ Pitchfest on Wednesday. Paula Gardner is the editorial director of AnnArbor.com. Doug Neal is the executive director of the UM College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Vince Kern is senior director of technology/innovation at the Detroit Media Partnership, the business arm of the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. The pitchfest will be held from 9:10 a.m. to noon in North Quad’s Space 2435 on the University of Michigan’s central campus. It is open to the public.
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