Two links on journalism

Journalism in the era of open:

Interestingly this is precisely what many blogs – alone or as part of an emergent network – already do. They take large complex stories, break them down and, by linking back and forth to one another, create a collective analysis that slowly allows the mystery to be decoded.

I can’t say I think this is where journalism is going, but it is something I want to be true.  Also, it reminds me of Kiln People.

And Howard Owens on journalism and the local:

But to make this approach work, it’s going to take people — including many of today’s trained journalists — to rethink everything they’ve learned about community journalism as practiced over the past half century or so. Merely promoting the “hyperlocal” fad isn’t going to get the job done. We need to bring back locals, and bring back the direct connection and involvement in the community by the people covering the community. This isn’t the detachment taught in J-schools. It’s participatory and social. But it will work. It must.

ht/ MN for the Owens link.  I’ve occasionally referred to the hypoerlocal and meant what Owens is calling localism.  Frankly, I think Owens is right.  What makes the news relevant is not really up to journalists; it’s up to the community.  Newspapers, at one point (and I’ll admit I used to mock the running of what I used to think was banal news like “Person X is in town visiting their relatives” all the time: I now think this was a mistake) used to focus on a very specific geographic area.  I think it’s time to bring back that focus – and yes, this has something to do with my recently being in Chicago and seeing how strong the neighborhoods there remain despite the lack of physical boundaries.

Meaning, and the development of meaning, is a fascinating thing.

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