If a newspaper dies in a forest
Hello, Students of the Damned.
And by that I mean, welcome to the wonderful world of journalism in flux. Nothing is certain in the online world, except that it’s a great place to be if you like change, uncertainty, and making it up as you go along. Not making up the stories – making up what journalism is, because social media, multiple delivery platforms, UGC, and all the other wonderful benefits/curses of the digital age have made journalism a fascinating industry that continually reinvents itself.
Enough blather – here’s a reading list, although really, you shouldn’t need one. All you need is a search engine, a brain that works, and a high speed connection. Nobody needs to be told what to read anymore. Go find it yourself.
But, in the interests of propping up the lazy sods among you, here are a couple of starting points for a lecture entitled
“‘If a newspaper dies in a forest, and nobody is there to read it….’ The state of the world’s publishing industry.”
The question/s to be answered in class:
What’s the difference between these pieces of content, which of them is journalism, and why?
1. Strikers dance as hospital patients are left high and dry
Lisa Steyn and Tarryn Harbour
2. Strike a rock, don’t objectify it
3.Video: The Dancing Striker
Three Modest Proposals for Online Journalism’s Future
Micah L. Sifry
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable
How the Internet is Affecting Traditional Journalism
Newspapers: 5 Ways to Avoid Extinction
12 Things Newspapers Should Do to Survive
But seriously –
Go to bing.com or google.com. Type in search phrases, such as (but not limited to) the following:
social media journalism
Newspaper Online vs. Print Ad Revenue
There’ll be new stuff on these topics by the time class rolls around.