It is no secret that the American media industry is in turmoil, with many longstanding fixtures in print journalism either folding or forced to layoff staff. To better understand the changes in journalism, The Nation recorded a series of video interviews throughout 2009 and early 2010 about the future of media. Asking questions ranging from the specific (what are the technological tipping points that could spell the end of print) to the visionary (what will the media look like in five, ten or fifteen years), Journalism in 10 is an attempt to chronicle the changes in journalism today, and to better understand the future of investigative journalism. To get at some answers, we asked a range of journalists–television, print, online and radio; professional and student; optimistic and worried–to tell us what to expect of journalism ten years from now. The answers appear below (in video form) from:
Ana Marie Cox
Jane Mayer (on protecting sources post-9/11)
Jane Mayer (on investigative reporting)
Editor in chief, Utne Reader
David Schimke spent ten years working for Village Voice Media as a staff writer, managing editor and media columnist. In this interview, he brings his perspective on alternative media, local reporting and “alt weeklies” to the series. Schimke stresses the role of the trained citizen journalist in shaping future coverage–and how mainstream reporters should learn to stray beyond the press conference model of news. The media landscape is expanding, and Schimke worries that writers won’t expand their scope alongside that, sticking to the world of e-mail interviews that don’t capture the entire situation.
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