Visual Storytelling: You will be an entrepreneur that saves journalism.

Will you be?

This piece that I’m choosing to write about today comes from Chapter 8 of Dan Gillmor’s Mediactive. “Entrepreneurship is journalism’s future”. I can agree with that, and hopefully you can too. In addition to the entire chapter, it’s hard not to disagree. You choose to write about something if you are passionate about it and if you want to express that through stories that will better your community. These stories don’t all get published. So this is where the use of experimentation comes in. It’s extremely cheap. Practically free. With an innovative mindset comes a whole lot of ideas.

Gillmor touches on the dangers of ‘monocultures’. With experimentation so cheap, the Digital Age is continuously becoming more and more inexpensive. Allowing for an unfathomable amount of users to be able to start an online project, and only the users with a “start-up culture” mindset will most likely be able to apply change. Monocultures encompass a way of life that many of us don’t want to live. They don’t include room for reform. That means, little-to-no start-up culture. Systems that do allow for entrepreneurial mindsets strive in diversity. With all this liberty in the Digital Age, will there be an inflation of news organizations? Will journalism be saved but also be overly excessive?

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About Ben Schechter

Undergraduate Senior at the University of Michigan | Founder @ www.WhatTheSound.com

3 Responses to “Visual Storytelling: You will be an entrepreneur that saves journalism.”

  1. I really liked this chapter. The monopolization of media industries is a serious issue in journalism today and has rendered much of its stories unreliable at best and completely biased at worst. The metaphor of the ecosystem is incredibly apt. It’s unfortunate that the most important stories don’t necessarily garner the publicity they should, but, as with most products, the key is distinguishing one’s product from the others in some way. I liked Gillmor’s point that while media is a consumer-driven market, that only necessitates that its pioneers be innovative, not corporate sell-outs.

  2. I was very interested in the part of the chapter that Gillmor talked about what he would do differently if he were running a news organization. I agree with him that journalists should write stories that they are passionate about and are truly interested in, instead of writing about stories that will be read the most often. Even if not all of the stories are published, it seems to me that this approach gets to the heart of true journalism. I think that one of the most important things is to get more stories out to the public that have not had much coverage before. I also liked that he talked about using digital tactics as a way to release news and have the audience participate in media. That way, the stories can be reached by more people, and more people can learn about research and journalism.

  3. I thought this piece was an interesting take on the effect of business on journalism. Gillmor stresses the importance of entrepreneur skills in order to run a successful news organization, while providing ways to reduce bias such as increased transparency. I also agree with his point that the free cost of experimentation will improve the future of journalism. There may be a saturation of organizations in the market, but this will give every new idea a chance to succeed. In addition, the amount of news organizations will not be overly excessive. As Gillmor explained through the example of Sourceforge, most new ideas will fail and will never be seen by the average consumer. This uses the business principle of competition to ensure only innovative and successful startups rise from the mass of journalistic experiments.

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