I’ve had a paper accepted for the 8th international conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society in Los Angeles next January. My proposed paper aims to identify some of the issues that editors and educators might grapple with in the quest for new forms of journalism.
It’s my view that, in spite of the emergence of new platforms, journalism continues to produce stories that are suited to traditional ones, and that for the practice to capitalise on the potential of technological advances, it will need to change. [cubes rather than pyramids?]
My paper attempts to unpack some of these issues. Here’s the abstract:
Will the geeks inherit the newsroom? Reflections on why journalists should learn computer science
Journalists need to learn the language of technology or they risk further eroding their own economic value. While the economic crisis during the second half of the 2000s shocked many news media companies into taking digital products seriously, they are doing so in an increasingly net-worked and mobile media landscape in which it is device makers and software developers — not media companies — that control audiences and revenues.
This paper posits that developing procedural literacies might help journalists close the gap between information technology and traditional journalism and in doing so, allow them to regain some control over their craft. It examines the literature surrounding these fields and seeks to identify challenges to introducing computer science skills to traditional journalism education.
… more on this as I work on the paper, which, will not be an inverted pyramid.
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