Perhaps because I am still considering the loss of Cole Campbell, a visionary civic journalist, Dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Nevada and an extraordinary human being…perhaps it is because earlier this week I spent six hours developing a citizen journalism program at my kitchen table with Marla Crockett, veteran public radio news director…
In any event, I was drawn to this article speculating the future of newspapers and television by Bob Daley (Kettering Foundation) in his weekly Friday Letter from Home. Over lunch, Bob and Idit Manosevitch, a Foundation “ABD – all but dissertation” posed the question to an editorial writer for the Dayton Daily News, “What will newspapers and television look like in the next several years?” The following were his thoughts:
- Everybody is going to be smaller.
- Everybody is going to be way more local, if not totally local.
- National and international news and opinion will either disappear or be so reduced in emphases that it won’t matter much.
- Newspapers and local stations will start to become much better guides to the Internet than they are now.
- Newspapers and local stations will continue to be — in print, on the air and online — the most trusted and most used sources of much local news.
- And both will continue to be the providers of certain local advertising that won’t work well on the web — timely, full-color, newspaper — size display ads.
- Newspapers will continue to be a remarkably cheaper alternative to the Post Office for delibery of certain stand-alone advertising products like coupons and circulars.
- And, finally, local editorial writers and editors will continue to be a — if not the — most valuable source for political information, informed judgment, and relevant local opinion — but only if they stay ahead of the changes going on right now.
- You will all be married to the Internet. You will all be bloggers. And you will also continue to provide information in print and through broadcasts.
“Even if you believe only half of what I’ve just said, you’re looking at an uncertain and changing future,” he continued.
SO…Do you agree? What are the implications for us as news consumers? What is the role of citizen journalists? What role do public forums have in this potential future?