Anyone know the future of journalism?

The best minds in journalism want to know what the future holds for old media — newspapers, television and radio — in an Internet world.  Many are attempting to transition products like The New York Times and The Tennessean from dead wood to electronic transmissons.

Each new day presents new challenges, and there is no GPS to mark the way from print to electrons.

Nevertheless, American journalists — both traditional and new media — have accepted the challenge to find out how the jobs of reporters, photographers, editors will evolve even as changes meet them head on at an increasing pace.

We all acknowledge that print publications are moving online, some faster than others.  It would be nice to be able to stop that movement so that we could investigate the causes of the transition and what it means for us all.

But we do not have that luxury.

That’s why inquiring minds like that of Tom Cheredar are needed to help us cut through this particular Gordian Knot.

Tom talked to our editing classes last Friday and he introduced you to some concepts you may not have considered.

I asked Tom to speak to you, because he is a member of your generation and he is a very perceptive journalist.  If you want to learn more, you should also check out Tom’s other Web enterprise.

Do yourself a favor and check it out.


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