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12 Questions about the future of journalism

I am often struck by the parallels between libraries and newspapers, librarians and journalists and how technology is affecting these institutions and professions. As I reflect on John Shuler’s comments on Government Information Liberation, the following article caught my attention:

Bill Kovach is a senior counselor to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a founder of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, a former Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, a former editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

In reflecting on the future of journalism and our democracy, Kovach asks twelve provocative questions, which, I think, parallel some of those that John is asking.

I am still catching up after a brief vacation offline, but I will rejoin John’s discussion soon and try to examine both the profession of librarianship and the institution of libraries.

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  1. blakeley says:

    These two points struck me as particularly pertinent to both journalists and librarians:

    3. When news devolves into a fragmented private dialogue among family and friends in cyberspace, can journalists think of new ways to help people make sense of overabundant, undifferentiated information?

    4. Do journalists recognize that distribution is now determined by the portability of technology and by the end user, and that reported material and analysis must now be organized to serve many differing audiences?

    Librarians too need to think of new ways to help people make sense of “overabundant, undifferentiated information”! And distribution of this info is important, esp. in mobile technologies. More and more people depend on the portable internet. Libraries need to create more mobile friendly library websites! Most library pages are horrible to view on the Blackberry. Not sure how it looks on iPhones…

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