That was one of the takeaways from a panel at the Web Summit conference, where Storyful chief exec Mark Little said, “Social media has proved to us that the breaking news model is broken for good. It’s broken as a concept.”
“As a business, it’s a really good business. But the concept that you, with the flashing ‘breaking news’ on the screen are going to be the first to break something is completely bullshit, because someone out there has witnessed it.”
“The key thing for us is to find the first piece of content that will define a story: the video, the tweet… we have 40 journalists looking in real-time for the original source,” he said. “For us the most important thing is who’s the person on the ground with the camera-phone standing there right now.. Authenticity has replaced authority as the new currency of this environment.”
It’s worth reading this Guardian piece which underlines many of the themes we were discussing today, including: the bypassing of traditional news organizations, the overabundance of content and the role of journalists as filters. Ran out of time to mention today, but also do look at Christian’s blogpost on smart jewellery and Carina’s on the use of 3d printers in the entertainment industry.
Assignments till the end of term are as below:
1)For Nov 12: blogpost about someone prominent in your field, possibly a citizen journalist or someone who is using disruptive technology. Feel free to experiment with format. You will get extra credit if you actually interview them. (400 words)
2)For Nov 19: watch and review a network news broadcast. How interested were you in the choice of subject matter, its angle and presentation? What kind of audience is at targeted at? (400 words)
3)For Dec 1st: debate/blogpost: motion tbd (400 words)
4)For Dec 3rd: Final project presentations on the theme of “Future”. The topic could refer to how digital disruption is affecting you beat, or how a specific technological innovation is affecting news delivery, or the future of one particular news organization. The project should use at least two different forms of media (data visualization, photo gallery, twitter, audio, video).
And finally, thanks to Makenzie for taking these great pictures today. I did promise ultimate coolness, so I hope it lived up to its billing!