We are witnessing a tipping point in American journalism in which the balance of power is tilting decisively towards new media, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber writes today.Â In particular the 2008 presidential debate - already dubbed the YouTube election - hasÂ "revolutionised the terms of political engagement", he says, as the mainstream media's imperial status has been shaken.
Not everyone is an enthusiast of journalists delivering their contentÂ to multiple mediaÂ platforms. Â One of Britain's most respected print editors and journalists, Sir Max Hastings, likened the multiskilling reporterÂ to a chefÂ taking the order, cooking the meal and waiting on tables, reports former Press Gazette deputy editor Jon Slattery in his new journalism blog.
The Liverpool Echo has a cool experiment on its web site that's worth a look. Although there are several big papers in the US with advanced projects along these lines, this one of the first efforts by a daily UK newspaper at mapping news stories to help readers easily identify the ones that are most geographically pertinent to them. It's very slow to load, but does see to work.
Centre for Journalism undergrads may remember that snippet from the Tom Cruise film Minority Report that I showed them in week one's first lecture. Cruise is a cop on the run from his own police force in the year 2054 and jumps on a tube train. The guy sitting opposite is reading a copy of USA Today, whose splash suddenly updates in front of his eyes to reveal the Cop On the Run story, complete with pictures of the fugitive...