J-Lab’s Jan Schaffer on the Future of News

In this future, both professional and amateur journalists will need to engage in more than just journalism, however. They must engage in new kinds of “news work” to serve their audiences. News work? Fact entrepreneurs? Credit goes to Columbia University doctoral student Chris Anderson for these new terms. They help us understand that journalism in the future must involve more than just gathering, validating and writing news stories.

Wikileaks proposal for journalism haven goes to Iceland MPs Feb. 16

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Measures in the IMMI include legal protection for sources and whistleblowers and the protection of communications between sources and journalists. 'Transparent nation'

The proposals also include steps to end so-called “libel tourism”, the practice of pursuing libel actions in the most favourable legal jurisdiction irrespective of where the parties are based. But legal threats are faced not just by journalists, but by publishers, internet hosts and other “intermediaries”, Wikileaks said. As a result, the proposals include plans to clarify the protection for “mere conduits”. via BBC News – Wikileaks and Iceland MPs propose ‘journalism haven’.

Attention Young Journalists: Here’s Opportunity Knocking in Chicago

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Well, they don’t mention money, but it doesn’t say these are without remuneration either. I’m heartened to see that the Tribune is now defining reporting today pretty much the same way I would. They are asking for 12-15 clips. If you are short some clips, I encourage you to submit some stories to Chicagotalks.org, an edited community and citizen journalism news site for Chicago. If I were doing this, I’d look to the business reporter opening.

The Press Deathwatch and Value of Content

What I’m working on is an explication of how we can never afford to pay for the kind of news, hard news, that our democracy needs. However, we can produce this news, distribute it, but we have to think outside the norms of money and the economics of scarcity and the Industrial Age. More to come… But if a comprehensive array of real news is to be part of the picture as well, the time will soon arrive for us to put up or shut up. Whatever shape journalism ultimately takes in America, make no mistake that in the end we will get what we pay for.

Liveblog of Berkman talk “From the Crowd to the Cloud: Social Media and the Obama Administration.”

Elizabeth Losh of UC Irvine is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called “From the Crowd to the Cloud: Social Media and the Obama Administration.” She looks at “institutions as digital content creators.”

via Joho the Blog » [berkman] Elizabeth Losh on Obama’s use of social media. This is Dave Winer’s blog and he adds a disclaimer noting he is liveblogging, but I’d say this talked answered a couple of questions, but brought up some we need to be asking.