What Has The Web Ever Done For Us?

journalism-of-courage-noneckThe ‘us’ in the question above is journalists and, by extension, consumers of journalism. And the answer – despite an apparently busted business model and significant job losses – is, actually, quite a lot.

In my latest column for Journalism.co.uk, I suggest that the web has reinvented the form, that news journalism is in one of its most creative periods ever.

And I propose five innovations that would not have been possible without the internet. In no particular order they are:

1. Interactive infographics

2. Crowdsourcing

3. The podcast

4. Over-by-over commentaries (yes, really)

5. The blog

I’m pretty sure that’s not the end of the list, so help me write the next five.

You can read the full article here: Five innovations in news journalism, thanks to the web

(Picture credit: noneck)

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2 thoughts on “What Has The Web Ever Done For Us?”

  1. Good post Jon and I agree. I guess the reason this is still a subject that generates such a lot of heat is because the web’s potential still hasn’t been utilised very well by a lot of the captains of our industry. From my union activist’s perspective, what we’ve seen, frequently, is instead the web being used as an excuse to cut costs and/or foist inappropriate ways of working on people. Sometimes this has stemmed from crude macho management, other times from an over-desperate attempt to be cool and cutting edge without properly thinking through what works and what doesn’t. Sober perspectives have been notably lacking in a lot of discussions on the impact of the web.

    I think there are areas of news journalism that are in real crisis – local media, for instance, but the problem there is one of failed corporate business models, not technology – while others are evolving in quite exciting ways. But blaming the internet for the industry’s woes is simplistic and self-defeating. And in the case of the simple blog format, some of the hostility towards them from ‘traditional’ journalists is born of little more than an aghast snobbery that the proles get an instant chance to challenge established writers. Which reminds me of why I started writing in football fanzines all those years ago.

    (Hope all’s well with you by the way)

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