Mainstream American media have experienced shipwreck and newsrooms need to transform themselves to survive. Sounds harsh? Not if you ask Journalism That Matters (JTM). New media and the Social Web are both the challenge and the solution. How so? That’s the big question and there are no final answers yet.
Newsrooms face three challenges One thing is already clear, though: Newsrooms face three key challenges which are outlined in JTM’s Next Newsroom plan (PDF):
- the revenue challenge
- the technology challenge
- the community challenge
One proposal of a kind of eco system of participatory and professional journalism (or hybrid participatory-professional news sites, as PhD candidate Sven Engesser of LMU, Munich calls it) is pictured below:
I’ll try to look into this more in-depth over the next few days, but wanted to share these links first. The picture above was created at News Tools 08, the most current JtM gathering that is focused on innovations for â€œjournalism that matters.â€. You can read up on it on the JTM website.