I do know that he has articulated much of what I've been thinking about the future of journalism in an excellent blog post that I stumbled upon today.
For a few months I've been casually batting around the problem of separating journalists from newspapers - an event that appears to me to be inevitable. Our country was founded after the invention of the press, and wrote it into the constitution.
Now that the press has suffered its final mortal wound courtesy of Craig Newmark, we have a pressing need to separate and sustain the credible journalists as we move into the future. As Clay's post points out, most of the solutions proposed and employed to date are less about preserving the journalist and more about preserving the paper, and as such are destined to fail because news isn't being delivered in paper anymore.
So, what key elements are likely to be in place in the post paper world of journalism?
Here are my guesses:
- A distinct meritocracy
- An expansion of the fringe
- A loss of operational expenses
Its a brave new world out there, and we're all pushing it along. Here's hoping we figure something workable out.