Death and Revival of Journalism

These past few weeks have held me captive at the intersection of journalism and non-profit work. I didn’t exactly aspire to this position, yet I am here anyway. Held under by a local movement to make positive stories about our community more accessible to the general population. Bound by the hope of a resurgence in adoration for words and the power behind them. I’m not yet sure what this will mean so I can’t say much more now, but it may involve straddling the gap between traditional media with social media by the bridge known as “word of mouth”.

Traditional media is all but dead with Newsweek moving online next year, newspaper subscription (and content) dwindling like my interest in the election, and television shows getting more attention when streamed online than when aired on their networks.

Even behind all of these moves, there is a movement towards reviving local journalism. I liken it to the local foods movement and the Save the Arts movement. At it’s root, the movement is nourished by individuals who are passionate at holding onto something that is unique to their livelihood in the midst of a world whose attention seems drawn to national and global affairs.

Instead of a resurgence in newspaper publication, I think we need to ride the tide and put more content online. The difficult part that comes with this transfer is that we will each need to be more intentional about looking online for news, whether we find it in blogs, videos, articles, or podcasts. We still need to think about giving people without access to digital technologies access to news stories, but I’m not sure if the movements to restore glory to journalism will work.

Want more on the state of journalism? Check out State of the Media or The Information Needs of Our Communities.

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