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The New News Process

Jeff Jarvis has published an essay on the new ecosystem for news publishing. He says that too much discussion about the future of news is “press...

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
Piers Fawkes, PSFK on April 16, 2008. @piers_fawkes

As he looks at the sector, he publishes a new process for news (above) and says:

The notion that news comes in and stories go out — text and photos come in and paper goes out — is an artifact of the means of production and distribution, of course. Now a story never begins and it never ends. But at some point in the life of a story, a journalist (working wherever) may see the idea and then can get all kinds of new input. But the story itself — in whatever medium — is merely a blip on the line, a stage in a process, for that process continues after publication.

…In this new ecology, I think newsrooms will need to be organized around topics or tags or stories because the notion of a section is as out of date as the Dewey Decimal System… Stories and topics become molecules that attract atoms: reporters, editors, witnesses, archives, commenters, and so on, all adding different elements to a greater understanding. Who brings that together? It’s not always the reporter or editor anymore. It can just as easily be the reader(s) now.

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