As we build CrowdNe.ws, I'm fascinated by how our relationship, both as journalist and as audience, will change as the news ecosystem evolves. Journalists will tell their stories in new ways and the news audience will EAT their news (I don't like the term consume ) in new ways.
This is already true, isn't it? Newspapers, Walter Cronkite, and the Big Three News Networks are already part of an era past.
Helping in this exploration is Alain De Botton’s The News: A User's Manual. I’ve just started reading it, but already I’d like to share some interesting thoughts from the book.
Societies become modern, the philosopher Hegel suggested, when news replaces religion as our central source of guidance and our touchstone of authority. In the developed economies, the news now occupies a position of power at least equal to that formerly enjoyed by the faiths.
How many of us are News Junkies? How many of us turn to our news feed for answers rather than to our faith?
Botton asks, in an age where "the average citizen now has near-instantaneous access to information about events in every nation on earth," whether the single most important technical skill for every journalist to possess is the capacity to collect information accurately.
What is the new role of the journalist when the tools of fact gathering are available to us all?