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Media Disruptus


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This article was written specifically for you (well, someday it will be)

Thu, 28 May 2015 21:04:53 +0000

Ponder this likely future: As you read this article, the language and style will be different than the versions read by other people. It will be stylized to your preferences and your preferred communication style. As a result, you will find this article more pleasurable and easier to read than the original as written by...(image)

Send in the drones (to disaster areas), please

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:28:09 +0000

There’s this pet peeve of mine about disaster coverage by news media, and it’s been the case again in early coverage of the earthquakes in Nepal and devastation in the city of Kathmandu. Of course, photojournalists and news videographers shoot images of the worst damage. Editors select the best (worst) photos and video. That’s what...(image)

The futures of journalism (science-fiction edition)

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:29:41 +0000

What does the future hold for journalism and the news business? Will there be journalists in space? Will journalist-hackers roam the wilds of future internets? Will the world even need news professionals in a future of ubiquitous shared data and artificial intelligence? Reading or viewing science fiction offers some (conjectural) answers to those questions and...(image)

Science fiction suggests some futures for news and media-tech

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:44:09 +0000

The best creators of science-fiction are great at conjuring up entertaining and sometimes plausible futures. Indeed, the best of them have envisioned future technologies that eventually became reality. (The classic example: Star Trek’s Communicator. Many years later, Communicator-like mobile flip phones became mainstream.) Occasionally, science-fiction writers, authors, script writers, TV producers, and film directors have...(image)

Storytelling at the scene of the (insert news event here)

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:13:45 +0000

I’m always on the lookout for innovative digital tools for news storytelling, so the recently released smartphone app Detours caught my eye. It’s not designed for news, but rather for location-specific guided walking tours; users pay for and play an audio- and GPS-based guided tour of an offbeat or tourist area, listening on earbuds or...(image)

Live events: Best of current ideas for better funding journalism

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 03:23:07 +0000

As an industry, news has yet to find any ideal revenue streams sufficient for the digital age. As I wrote last fall when I opened an online brainstorming session for innovative new news business models: Are there solutions to this dilemma of how news coverage will be funded in the future? Let’s hope so, since...(image)

A text-message storytelling tool: How about for news?

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:52:40 +0000

Instead of writing a traditional text article, wouldn’t it be great to write in a way that you told your story by having a conversation with each person in your audience? (I won’t answer that just yet.) Recently I ran across the intriguing mobile app and storytelling platform Massively. It can be defined as: online...(image)

Final days to share your news business model!

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:49:55 +0000

Back in October (the last time I posted to Media Disruptus), I asked people with an interest in the future of journalism to propose new, innovative business models for the news sector. There’s still time to add your ideas! The online brainstorming tool I’m using (Tricider) will shut down our exercise shortly after the clock...(image)

Reboot blog!

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:48:18 +0000

I’ve taken a break from blogging for a few months, but I’m more than ready to restart! My focus remains on the future of journalism, and especially using the methods of Foresight to anticipate likely futures. That’s mostly what I’ll post here — but I might stray occasionally. Top photo: Creative Commons use, by Neerav...(image)

Brainstorm! What are future ways to fund news organizations?

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:59:47 +0000

As much as journalists may hate to hear this, news is not something that lots of people are willing to pay for — especially in this go-go digital era when information overload is an epidemic with no end in sight. Advertising, meanwhile, continues to decline as a revenue source for news organizations, which are requiring...(image)