Friday, August 08, 2008
I'll admit that I have an inherent bias when it comes to newspapers and technology. I started in the business of journalism in 1994 -- ten years after I got online for the first time (at the ripe age of 12).
I've been hooked on both since.
It's been painful to watch my brethren in the journalism industry flail so completely out of control as my brethren in the technology industry have succeeded. I have some empathy for those who are being replaced by a new generation -- a new type -- of news hound. The digital hunter.
Still I can't get behind the Philadephia Inquirer's decision to halt publishing anything but breaking news first on the Web.
This is exactly that type of thinking that put newspapers in the hole in the first place. Of course, the "news" -- which broke on the Web -- has been roundly criticized online. See here, here and here.
The modern journalists should be embracing the idea of social networking, Wikis and mobile texting as storytelling tools and not as applications that need to be destroyed. At the end of the day, humans tell stories. That's all we do whether through words, pictures, gestures or touch. Storytellers -- and that's what journalists do -- should embrace these tools.