Sunday, April 16, 2006

"We Media"

We are at the beginning of a Golden Age of journalism — but it is not journalism as we have known it. Media futurists have predicted that by 2021, "citizens will produce 50 percent of the news peer-to-peer." However, mainstream news media have yet to meaningfully adopt or experiment with these new forms.

Historically, journalists have been charged with informing the democracy. But their future will depend not on only how well they inform but how well they encourage and enable conversations with citizens. That is the challenge.

This report details the important considerations when exploring a collaborative effort between audience and traditional media organizations.


Foreword: Dan Gillmor

(...) If modern American journalism has been a lecture, it's evolving into something that incorporates a conversation and seminar.

This is all about decentralization. Traditionally centralized news-gathering and distribution is being augmented (and some cases will be replaced) by what's happening at the edges of increasingly ubiquitous networks.

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