Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Too long... depressing news.... maybe

It's been a while since I last posted. A bit too long. News out of the journalism industry is consistently depressing in terms of the future of the business model we have grown accustomed. Will it improve? Or does the business model need to change?
One change I'm hoping to continue to pursue is in regard to the opportunity for citizens to produce high quality journalism. I'm working with some students this semester to publish a campus site. They are in the process of researching working models to determine the format they will utilize. I'm excited to see what they come up with, while constantly collecting ideas and examples to share with them.
I came across one recently: Examiner.com. With the leading publication in this group coming out of D.C. (where it is also anchored by a print edition), there are are many of these fledgling online publications in urban areas around the country. From what I can tell, anyone can sign on for the chance to be a writing contributor. I have found no evidence of pay for this type of work.
Is this a threat to reporters or simply a new outlet? We'll see.