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The parachute isn’t opening

In journalism on January 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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Library of Congress

This week, Josh Stearn’s writes on MediaShift about a concept that is absolutely radical: Cooperation.

In the wake of our recent presidential election, pundits have suggested the fundamental lesson is that media and people on the coast failed to understand the folks in the flyover states. Consequently, the smartest people in the room completely missed the temperature of the country.

That may be true. Here’s what many national news editors got wrong: They then parachuted national journalists into middle America in an attempt to extract the essence in one well-written 50-inch takeout from Bristol, Tenn., or Wahpeton, N.D. or other such places about which they knew nothing.

Stearns argues for a cooperative approach. He notes that journalists like ours in Wick newsrooms know our communities. Rather than sending Mr. Big Name from New York to report from a place like Sierra Vista, Ariz., that news organization would do well to partner with The Herald for a more rich and complete telling from the field. Stearns goes on to mention some such partnerships. …

Journalism as ‘civic reactor’

In journalism on January 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm
U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Nicco Mele is a fascinating guy who may be on to something.

He is director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, an angel investor, a senior fellow at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy as well as a contributor to the Harvard Business Review. He was once deputy publisher of The Los Angeles Times and it’s safe to say he’s thought a lot about the future of news organizations.

In an important and short post to Nieman Reports, Mele makes a potent statement on behalf of our mission:

With a declining respect for expertise, a worldview inextricably shaped by celebrity, and an intense desire for escapism to avoid the pressing challenges of our moment, Donald Trump seems suddenly inevitable. But a resignation to inevitability is not an honest or just response. There is really only one thing to do: Go local. The emphasis on national politics is drawn like a magnet to celebrity. The stories in our own backyards tether us … but that local connection is our salvation. It can redeem our journalism and our politics. …

Gilding The Lily

In Mobile on January 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm

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The Washington Post today announces The Lily, an experimental, visually-driven (sic) product designed for millennial women that will boldly reimagine The Post’s award-winning journalism for distributed platforms.

The Post’s post goes on to say this is a platform-specific deal ginned up by the organization’s Emerging News Products Team and will start on Facebook, Instagram and Medium to begin with.

My first reaction? It seems awfully calculating and paternal, to me.  …