Sunday, September 11, 2005

I Webbed the News Today!
Sunday, September 11, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM
Guest columnist, Merrill Brown

There's a dramatic revolution taking place in the news business today
and it
isn't about TV-anchor changes, scandals at storied newspapers or even
fierce tensions between government and the press.

And by other measures, the Internet is already clearly ahead of other
among the young. According to the survey, prepared for this project by
N. Magid Associates, 41 percent of young news consumers say that the
Internet is "the most useful way to learn," compared with 15 percent
second-ranked local TV. And 49 percent say the Internet provides news
when I want it" — a critical factor for this group — versus 15 percent
second-ranked local TV.

This discussion, therefore, isn't simply about newspapers, broadcasters
public companies facing marketplace challenges. The questions raised by
young people abandoning the news go to the heart of how we'll learn
the complex world we live in and make informed decisions about its

Can storytelling evolve to include more interactivity, citizen
participation, younger newsmakers and the use of music, innovative
and more engaging graphic and presentation elements? Is the growing
toward citizen journalism — the creation of publications written by
activists without news training — a notion inviting chaos and
irresponsibility, or a new level of civic engagement?

Citizen journalism
What the survey data, as well as the message that's coming in loud and
from bloggers and their readers, are telling us is that there are new
of participatory or citizen journalism that can re-engage disengaged

Last year, The Bakersfield Californian launched The Northwest Voice
(, a community weekly paper and Internet site.
of the content is produced by members of the community and submitted by
of the Internet. A new company called Back Fence (I am an adviser) is
preparing to launch community-journalism sites around the country and
already operating in suburban Washington, D.C.


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Blogger Aakash said...

Please keep up the good work with your blogging. I just found your blog, via an entry relating to that recent article by Paul Mulshine on Michael Savage vs. "the Bushbots" (that article in unfortunately no longer available at that newspaper's website). I linked to your pertinent blog entry in a comment that I just posted at

2:45 AM  
Blogger Lori Ann in L.A. said...

I really appreciate your comment Aakash. Sorry I was unable to find a place to comment on your blog. I was also unable to contact you via e-mail as my isp mailbox is not set up and your "contact us" link only works for isps.

Glad that you were able to link to Paul Mulshine's comments that I have recorded and even more glad to know that this blog has helped someone out there.

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