A New Newsroom

Jeff Jarvis writes:

There are three imperatives for change in newsrooms:

1. The input: New news gathering: Newsrooms need to redefine news and news gathering. They need to be open to new sources of news, including the reporting of the people they used to view as the audience: yes, even bloggers. To use our parlance today, newsrooms need to think of themselves — again — as aggregators, gathering — and sometimes packaging, sometimes not — the news their communities create.

2. The output: New dissemination on new schedules: We’ve said it a million times: We no longer wait for the news — for the paper to land on the doorstep or for the show to start. Now the news waits for us — when we want it (when it happens or when we are curious), where we want it (online, on mobile, or on yet-uninvented toys), and how we want (just our topics, just what we don’t know).

3. The back-and-forth: Join the conversation: And we’ve said this a million times, too: News is a conversation and that conversation is going on with or without us. We used to think the news was done, baked, finished when and only when we published it. But that’s when the news starts, when the public — who, as Dan Gilmor has repeatedly said, knows more than we do — adds its questions and facts and perspectives. The news doesn’t belong to us; we just gather and disseminate it in a world that abhors middlemen. We need to enable the conversation or get out of the way.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.