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Two types of news- skimming and analysis

March 10, 2009

From the panel I ran in New Orleans for the AAAA’s media conference, the group of twentysomethings I interviewed were pretty clear that news is headline based and something to be skimmed and probably something that should be free.

It’s as if it’s part of the ambient information; a news feed from a news organization or a friend on Facebook.

The challenge for newspapers is obviously to work out a business model that works, but it’s clear the value of their work in the world is being undermined by the ubiquity of the feed.

The future is not about skimming, it shouldn’t JUST be like this.

It’s clear the world would be a much worse off without journalism, but we won’t know that until it’s gone for ever.

Perhaps newspaper associations and journalist unions need to band together to tell their story.

Posted by Ed Cotton

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