A few prep notes for Rebooting the News #41

In Podcast on February 16, 2010 by Jay Rosen

First you can listen live here.

For this week’s show, there’s Google Buzz, of course. Dave: Google did something seriously wrong. (Jay’s comment was picked up by quite a few. “I waited, read the news about Google Buzz, absorbed the accounts and experiences of people I trust, and disabled it before ever opening it.”)

A few items I want to talk about:

BBC tells its news staff to get on board with the rebooted system of news. It’s not an option. Seriously:

This isn’t just a kind of fad from someone who’s an enthusiast of technology. I’m afraid you’re not doing your job if you can’t do those things. It’s not discretionary”, he is quoted as saying in the BBC in-house weekly Ariel.

Horrocks said that technology was changing journalism, adding that it was important for the BBC to leave a programme-based mindset behind and adapt to new technologies….

For BBC news editors, Twitter and RSS readers are to become essential tools, says Horrocks. Aggregating and curating content with attribution should become part of a BBC journalist’s assignment; and BBC’s journalists have to integrate and listen to feedback for a better understanding of how the audience is relating to the BBC brand….

“If you don’t like it, if you think that level of change or that different way of working isn’t right for me, then go and do something else, because it’s going to happen. You’re not going to be able to stop it.

I found this totally fascinating and so did my Twitter followers: Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers.

….we’re taking the source protection laws from Sweden, for example…we could take the First Amendment from the United States, we could take Belgian protection laws for journalists, and we could all pack these together in one bundle, and make it fit for the first jurisdiction that offers the necessities of an information society.

I also want to talk about the problem of “instructions” and the open source assignment desk project.

And I might have a word or two about the debunkers of the wisdom of the crowd concept, the topic of my post at Posterous this week.

Got one yourself? Put it in the comments.

One Response to “A few prep notes for Rebooting the News #41”

  1. Have you dealt with the fact that the phrase,”The power of the press is limited to those who own one,” is no longer as true as it once was, simply because with an internet connection and a blog, everyone these days can own one? Irrelevant of circulation issues, of course 🙂

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