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Originally published at customerservant.com. You can comment here or there.

This year’s State of the Media report has been released.
It concludes that, while journalism is changing, it isn’t headed for sudden death.
There are, however, major changes on the way, namely in the ways consumers learn about what’s going on around them, and the democratization of journalism itself.
No longer are journalists the gatekeepers of our news, determining what we need to know.
But I don’t think that’s necessarily bad for traditional journalism and news coverage, as long as the traditional news providers are willing to adapt.
I don’t believe it’s wise to stay bound to tradition for tradition’s sake.
If the journalism community can adapt, on a large scale, it can have a stake in new technologies such as the instant news technologies Yahoo and Google now deliver.
I think they could probably offer subscriptions to these services, maybe some for free and some for a fee.
But, before any of that can happen, the community as a whole has to get down to the business of adaptation: Keeping what’s useful, and discarding what has become so outdated as to no longer be beneficial.
In some ways, journalism is a lot like religion.
It’s slow to change.
Technology, on the other hand, is an entirely different beast, and will always change very quickly.
Journalism has to adopt some of this extreme adaptability in order to survive and remain dominant.
Otherwise, the gathering of news will become completely democratized, and while a little democratization is a good thing, I think the quality of news, even the news about crime and accidents, could start to go down the drain.
We’ve already seen too much of that.
Thanks to La Shon Barber for bringing this to my attention.


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