Old Vs. New Media Practices

5 08 2008

Mark directs us to a new policy at CNN.

Basically, employees of the network cannot use Facebook, Twitter, Blog or even comment in forums and chat rooms without permission from the CNN higher ups according to Chez Pazienza, who was famously fired from CNN for blogging at Deus Ex Malcontent. His story is here.

You can head to their blogs to get the vibe of what’s going on.

I agree with Mark who says this:

Did I give up my right to protest or vote when I started working for a newspaper? I hope not.
Many newspapers are actively encouraging reporters to take up blogging.  Newspapers invite reporters to express opinion in the print editions. Newspapers have long held that as long as the opinion expressed is marked clearly as that of the reporter, it is acceptable.

I talk about evolving trends in the news business a lot. I don’t understand why more media folks don’t blog or use Twitter. I’ve seen more breaking news on Twitter that it still boggles my mind.

Ryan Sholin points us to a post written by an outgoing newsman of the LA Times, who is getting out of the dead tree business.

  1. Technology has run laps around the print media — giving readers instant news, open-source journalism, no barriers to become publishers, and an infinite news hole.
  2. The idea that your daily news is collected, written, edited, paginated, printed on dead trees, put in a series trucks and cars and delivered on your driveway — at least 12 hours stale — is anachronistic in 2008.

I think these things are connected. The writer talks about his 18 years with the Times. I’ve worked in news off and on for nearly 20 years. The way I started out has vastly changed in those two decades.

And the blogosphere has changed in the nearly three years I’ve been blogging. Some media outlets get it and have actively worked toward changing their model to accommodate changes that will happen in the future, which is smart. Even some rural outlets do although there are a great deal of folks who do not and angrily (yes, I said angrily) hold on to that the old ways are the only way to do news.

There is chasm that exists between old and new.

And CNN is treating online communication like a dinosaur. When you edit free thought, then what do you have?

Zombies in a newsroom.

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5 08 2008
lovable liberal

Yet the web people at CNN seem to get it. They support links that point off their site (unlike the NYT and WaPo), and they’ve got Sphere actually working (unlike Time and Newsweek).

As for me, I’ve cancelled the dead tree Boston Globe. Too tired of all the recycling.

Print’s not dead; it’s just not on newsprint so much anymore. My crystal ball says:
– a small number of national news sites (CNN, NYT, WaPo, LA Times – maybe, Fox, WSJ, a few more for a while) served by the modern equivalent of wire services, probably specialized by coverage area in some cases
– a proliferation of local and regional sites that cross-promote the nationals (Boston Globe, AJC, Memphis CA, and then the smaller markets, too)
– lots of semipro sites that make enough money to keep them going, some as avocation, some as vocation

The competitive advantage of the big news sites will cease to be opinion and become reporting (in my dreams) and analysis, though it probably won’t be high-quality in either. Opinion will be free. Why would anyone read Richard Cohen or David Broder? Or MoDo or Glenn Beck or O’Reilly or …? The blogs are so much smarter.

Cable TV will remain a wasteland of bullshit. At some point, CNN might even spin off CNN.com, which is really a newspaper.

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